• Do not lose the key of knowledge

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    Do not lose the key of knowledge

    Jesus in the key of knowledge that opens God's kingdom for us
    What does Jesus mean when he says they have taken away the key of
    knowledge? The religious lawyers and scribes held the "office of the
    keys" since they were the official interpreters of the Scriptures. Unfortunately their interpretation of the Scriptures became so
    distorted and difficult to understand that others were "shut off" to
    the Scriptures. They not only shut themselves to heaven--they also
    hindered others from understanding God's word. Through pride and envy,
    they rejected not only the prophets of old, but God's final prophet
    and Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the "key of David" (see
    Isaiah 22:22; Revelations 3:7) who opens heaven for those who accept
    him as Lord and Savior. He is the "Wisdom of God" and source of
    everlasting life. [Luke 11:47-54]

    March 21st - St. Enda, Abbot, and St. Fanchea

    THE little which is recorded of St. Fanchea (whose day is January 1,
    March 21 on some calendars) is of a very fabulous character, and is
    nearly all contained in the Life of St. Enda, her brother. Fanchea,
    who along with other Irish maidens had consecrated herself to God,
    knew that Enda had taken part in a raid against his enemies, one of
    whom had been slain in the fight. The shouts of the victors as they
    returned from their expedition penetrated the convent walls. Fanchea
    recognized her brother’s voice, but at the same time received a
    supernatural intimation that he was called to serve God in great
    sanctity of life. She accordingly reproved him for the deed of blood
    upon which he had been engaged, and when he promised to settle
    peacefully at home if she would give him one of her maidens in
    marriage, she pretended to be ready to comply. But it pleased God that
    the maiden in question should die at that very time, and when she
    brought her brother to see the bride that had been promised him, he
    found only a corpse, pale and rigid in death. Enda thereupon gave
    himself up to a monastic life; but even so thoughts of warlike
    exploits still recurred, and his sister impressed it upon him that
    when these temptations came he ought to put his hand to his shaven
    head to remind himself that he now wore, not a regal diadem, but the
    tonsure (corona) of his Master, Christ.

    Finally, still by her advice, Enda left Ireland and went to Rome,
    whither, after a long interval, Fanchea, with some of her nuns, set
    out to visit him, only spreading her cloak upon the sea, and being
    wafted over the waters. In Rome she asked Enda to return to Ireland
    for the good of his people. He promised to do so after a year, but she
    herself on reaching home surrendered her soul to God before he could
    follow her. It has been stated that St. Fanchea built a nunnery at
    Ross Oirthir, or Rossory, in Fermanagh, and that her remains were
    deposited and long venerated at Killaine, but the evidence does not
    seem very satisfactory.

    All that we are told of St. Enda’s history previous to his settlement
    at Aranmore is quite legendary, except perhaps for an important stay
    at Candida Casa, the monastery founded by St. Ninian in Galloway.
    After his alleged visit to Rome, where he was ordained priest, Enda
    landed at Drogheda and built churches on both sides of the river
    Boyne. Afterwards he crossed Ireland and went to see Oengus, King of
    Munster, who was married to another of his sisters, and lived at
    Cashel. From his brother-in-law he asked for the isle of Aran that he
    might found a religious establishment there. Oengus urged him to
    choose a more fertile place nearer at hand, but when St. Enda
    persisted that Aran was to be the place of his resurrection and that
    it was good enough for him, Oengus yielded, declaring that he
    willingly gave it to God and to Enda, whose blessing he craved in

    To this island St. Enda brought his disciples, and the fame of his
    austerity and sanctity led many others to join them. The saint built,
    on the eastern side of Aranmore, a great monastery at Killeany, over
    which he presided, and half the land was apportioned to it, whilst the
    rest of the island was divided between ten other smaller houses which
    he founded and over which he set superiors. We are told that not only
    did he live a most penitential life himself, but that he exacted a
    very strict discipline from all under his charge. A legend relates
    that every night he tested his brethren by putting them in turn into a
    curragh, or wicker-work canoe, and setting it afloat without the hide
    covering which rendered it watertight. If a man was free from sin, the
    water could not get in. All the monks--including the abbot
    himself--escaped a wetting, except Gigniat the cook, who when
    questioned admitted that he had added a little to his own portion of
    food from that of Kieran, son of the artificer. St. Enda ordered him
    to leave the island, saying, “There is no room here for a thief; I
    will not permit this at all”.

    With St. Finnian of Clonard, St. Enda was a father of monarchism in
    Ireland. With him organized monasticism, properly speaking, seems to
    have begun. One of his best-known disciples was St. Kieran of
    Clonmacnois, just referred to.

    The Latin Life of Enda has been printed by Colgan and in the Acta
    Sanctorum, March, vol. iii, but more critically by Plummer in his VSH,
    vol. ii, pp. 60-75, and cf. J. Healy, Ireland’s Ancient Schools and
    Scholars, pp. 163-187. See J. Ryan, Irish Monasticism (1931), pp.
    106-107. Fanchea’s name is variously written Faenche, Faenkea,
    Fainche, Fuinche, etc.

    “Sanctity consists in the accomplishment
    of the duties God lays upon us.
    In this way, one who fulfills well the duties of his station
    and, much more, one who fulfills them well for God,
    will become a real saint – nothing more is needed.”
    --Blessed Louis-Édouard Cestac (1801-1868)

    Saint Quote:
    I have never sacrificed, nor do sacrifice to any other than to one
    God, and to our Lord Jesus Christ, his Son, who was born and suffered
    for us.
    -- Saint Crispina

    Bible Quote:
    Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.
    (Matthew 10:28)

    Splinters from the Cross:

    Little headaches, little heartaches
    Little griefs of every day,
    Little trials and vexations
    How they throng around our way!

    One great cross, immense and heavy,
    So it seems to our weak will,
    Might be borne with resignation,
    But these many small ones kill,
    Yet all life is formed of small things,
    Little leaves, make up the trees,
    Many tiny drops of water blending,
    Make the mighty seas.

    Let us not then by impatience
    Mar the beauty of the whole,
    But for love of Jesus bear all
    In the silence of our soul.
    Asking Him for grace sufficient
    To sustain us through each loss,
    And to treasure each small offering
    As a splinter from Thine Cross.

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