St. Godric of Finchale

St. Godric of Finchale


Godric was born within the tenth century at Walpole, in Norfolk. As a younger boy he peddled wares all through the neighboring villages. Later, as he made more cash at his commerce, he was capable of frequent gala’s in different cities to promote his merchandise. Since he was very diligent and cautious together with his cash, he was sometimes capable of make voyages by sea. Often he would carry his wares to Scotland. Once whereas in Scotland, he went to Lindisfarne Monastery the place he grew to become very within the lives of the monks there, and he was enthralled by the accounts that they gave him regarding St. Cuthbert. Godric was so impressed with the fantastic lifetime of St. Cuthbert, that at some point he fell to his knees and begged God for the grace to have the ability to be like this saint. Soon afterward, he went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and on his approach again, stopped at Compostella.

On returning to Norfolk, he labored briefly as a steward for a rich man, however left this place to journey once more, making a pilgrimage to St. Giles in France and to Rome. For some time, Godric hung out within the wilderness, dwelling the monastic life with one other religious soul named Godwin. They had met whereas on pilgrimage. Both being dedicated to God and wanting to steer the lifetime of hermits, they retired to the wilderness the place they spent their days praying and dwelling austere lives. After a quick sickness, Godwin died and so Godric once more traveled to Jerusalem. He then retired to the desert of Finchale close to the Wear River. There he practiced every day devotions, praying the psalms and different prayers. For sixty-three years he remained within the desert, however spent the final a number of years previous to his dying confined to mattress by sickness and previous age. On May 21, 1170, the Lord took the standard and pious St. Godric to be with Him.

Saint Godric was buried within the chapel that he had inbuilt honor of St. John the Baptist. Many miracles came about that confirmed his sainthood. Later Richard, brother to the bishop of Durham, constructed a chapel in honor of St. Godric.


Lord Jesus, assist us to not solely admire the religious values of others, however to hunt the identical values in our personal lives. Forgive us for the time that we waste pursuing worldly pleasure. May we all the time do not forget that our purpose is heaven and never the issues of this world and stay our lives in search of Your Kingdom. Amen.

Other Saints We Remember Today

St. Christopher Magallanes, Priest and Companions (1915-1928), Martyrs

St. Andrew Bobola (1657), Priest, Martyr

picture: Illuminated Manuscript, by nameless, by way of Wikimedia Commons