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4 " Fsilh Today Supplement, Tim Message, CathoBc Diocese of Evanstdk, May 13. 1988 I I WRAP UP A friend of 's creatures By Janaan Manternach NC News Service uthbert loved horses and dogs and every- thing that lived and moved. He liked to feed the soaring eagles and theplayful sea otters. Cuthbert's friends told how as a youth and young man he shared his ff)od with his horse on long journeys. He liked to be by himself in the woods, listening to birds and smelling wildflowers. His parents died before he was 8. The orphan spent long hours alone in the fields caring for sheep. When he was about 17, Cuthbert decided to become a monk. His fel- low monks at the monastery of Melrose in Britain liked him immedi- ately because he was so friendly. A few years later a disease called the yellow plague swept through England and Scotland. Thousands of people died including Cuthbert's superior. The monks elected Cuthbert to take his place. The plague struck Cuthbert down too, but he recov- ered. He frequently rode his horse to tle poorest, most remote villages to care for the sick and dying. Cuthbert found that many people so feared the plague that they turned to magic and superstition rather than to God. So he taught them to trust in God's goodness and to pray to Jesus who suffered so much and to Mary, Jesus' mother. During the busy )'ears as prior, Cuthbert began to long for more time alone with God and nature. He felt God calling him to live alone as a hermit. So the monks allowed him to move to a deserted island called Fame. Here Cuthbert felt close to God. He loved to walk in the woods and sit by the sea marveling at God's beauty in nature. Cuthbert felt an even closer bond now with all living things. Everything spoke to him of God's presence and love. But soon visitors began to row to Farne to ask Cuthbert's advice on how to live happier lives. So many came that he built a small guest house, dug a well and raised barley to take care of his visitors. People loved and admired Cuthbert so much that they elected him their bishop. He refused, want- ing to be alone with God on the beautiful island. But the king came to persuade Cdtbbert to be bishop of Lindisfarne. As bishop, Cuthbert taught peo- ple how much God loved them and all living beings. After two ycztr, hc sensed (iod calling him back to' his hermit life on Farne. Sensing that he would not live much longer, he retired to the island. There he died in peace on March 20, 687, surrounded by the woods and waters, the trees and flowers and animals and birds he loved so much. St. Cuthbert remains a popular saint in Britain. (Ms, Manternach is the author of catechetical works, Scripture stories and original stories for children.) Connect the dots Draw a line from dot to dot starting with dot 1, then dot 2 and so on When you reach dot 25, you will have drawn one of the beautiful creatures that Cuth- bert loved. O'e" O. " 0 "I 2 ,o. I/ + #00IL Project: [] st. Cuthbert loved all God's living creatures Draw a picture of the monk on the Island of Fame by the sea. Draw some of Cuthbert's friends too, perhaps the sea offers and his horse and a dog or two. From the bookshelf Sometimes sisters and brothers act like they don't get along and tease and make fun of each other. But deep down, I'others and sisters mostly care about each other a lot. This Is true of Emily and her brother, Monse, in the story Nobody's Fault by Patricla Hermes Tired of her brother's teealno, Emily decidea to get even with Monse Know- ing that he is afraid of snakes, she puts a dead snake in his bed. Then Monse has a bad accident and she is sure it is her fault. How she is helped to deal with the accident and her feelings about her brother make a powerful story (Dell Publkhing Co., 1 Dag HammamkJold Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017. lg81. Paperback, $2.50.) =7