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St. Godric

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Saint Godric of Finchale


Godric was born in the mid-to-late 11th century, in Norfolk, England. He began his life as a peddler, and eventually began to ply his trade by sea. He worked his way up to become a ship’s captain, and some accounts tell of quite a wayward life, even referring to him as a pirate. Whatever the extent of his misdeeds, Godric eventually made his way to Lindisfarne, known as Holy Island. He was immediately struck by the holiness of the monks at the famous abbey, who related to him the inspiring life of St. Cuthbert. Godric prayed for the graces to imitate that great saint, and then made pilgrimages to Jerusalem, Compostella and elsewhere before eventually settling in a wilderness called Finchale. There Godric adopted the austere life of a hermit, full of prayer and fasting. He lived under the authority of the local monastery, who provided a priest for Mass and the sacraments, and permitted such visitors as wished to learn from the holy hermit. The Blessed Virgin Mary herself taught Godric several songs in her honor, and like St. Francis of Assisi he was known for his way with animals. After many decades in this holy life, Godric died in the year of Our Lord 1170, at about one hundred years of age.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for May 21st

IN Mauritania (Morocco), the birthday of the holy martyrs Timothy, Polius, and Eutychius, deacons, who merited to be crowned together for dispensing the word of God in that region.

At Caesarea, in Cappadocia, the birthday of the holy martyrs Polieuctus, Victorius, and Donatus.

At Cordova, St. Secundinus, martyr.

The same day, the holy martyrs Synesius and Theopompus.

At Caesarea Philippi, the holy martyrs Nicostratus and Antiochus, tribunes, with other soldiers.

The same day St. Valens, bishop, who was put to death with three boys.

At Alexandria, the commemoration of the holy martyrs Secundus, a priest, and others, whom the Arian bishop George caused to be barbarously killed during the holy days of Pentecost, under the emperor Constantius.

Also, the saintly bishops and priests, who, being banished by the Arians, merited to be associated with holy confessors.

At Nice, in France, St. Hospitius, confessor, distinguished by the virtue of abstinence and the spirit of prophecy.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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