An Irish Welcome

Céad Míle Fáilte friend and rover ...
Wherever you come from and whosoever you may be.
That's an Irish greeting and it means

you are welcome
a thousand times over.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Theophan the Recluse

St Theophan, you are my Patron Saint for 2010 ...
You have confirmed that that for me today on your own feast day! ...
Thank you for today...

... Whenever he was not occupied with writing or praying, the reclusive bishop worked at carpentry or painting icons. He received from twenty to forty letters each day, and he answered all of them. He was able to discern each writer's spiritual condition, then give detailed answers to the questions of those who were struggling for the salvation of their souls.


  1. His book 'The Spiritual Life and how to be attuned to it' is on my reading list at the moment.I didn't know it was his feast day today!

  2. I have two books, one of them is the one you just mentioned ... I didnt know either and something happened yesterday and I wanted to check which saints coincided with this incident so I can 'thank them' ... and it was him. Its a good book the Spiritual Life, it is equal to Wounded By Love IMHO.

    May he be a blessing to you ...