Saint Cuthbert was born to poor parents in present day Scotland. While little is known of his parents or childhood, it is clear that like many young men of that age, he tended sheep in the fields around Melrose. The fields he tended were adjacent to a monastery, and it is likely that this helped inspire his holiness. Holy legend tells us that one night while tending his flock, Saint Cuthbert witnessed a vision of Saint Aiden ascending to heaven accompanied by angels, confirming his wish to enter the religious life, becoming a monk at the Melrose Abbey.
The monks of Lindisfarme are said to have moved constantly for seven years, looking for a safe place to settle, carrying the body of Saint Cuthbert with them during that time. Numerous miracles were reported, and the body itself was said to have chosen it’s resting place: Chester-le-Street, near Durham. Again interred, Saint Cuthbert’s body was again exhumed in 1104 and moved to the new Cathedral in Durham. Again found to be corrupt, another new discovery was noted in the coffin, namely the Saint Cuthbert’s Cross, a jeweled cross.
Year 2: Day 80 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Encouraging and supportive tongues; Avoidance of wickedness and gossip.
Requested Intentions: Guidance in studies (J); Healing and security for a displaced family (C); Healing of high blood pressure; Recovery of brother following surgery (A); For a sister in trouble, that she may make better decisions in the light of Christ (M); Health of expectant mother and child (R); Attainment of funds for surgery (J); Freedom from financial difficulties (E); For employment and college acceptance (E); Recovery and healing of a friend (C); For successful outcome to surgery (C); Healing for brother (M); Successful employment (C); For the victims of the Japanese tsunami/earthquake (J); Healing (E); For a son struggling with depression (B); Successful conception (M); Freedom from social anxiety; confidence in the Lord (J); Improved success in employment and studies (D); Freedom from illness (T); For a wife’s employment (E); Healing of a husband’s knee (M); Freedom from sickness (R); Healing (C); Restoration of marriage (F); Freedom from medical difficulties, employment, successful relationship (D); Healing of a father following stroke (S).