Today the Church remembers Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, who died in 651. By all accounts, Aidan was a generous and godly monk who devoted himself to the Lord. The Venerable Bede wrote this about Aidan in “The Ecclesiastical History of the English People”:
He neither sought nor loved anything of this world, but delighted in distributing immediately to the poor whatever was given him by kings or rich men of the world. He traversed both town and country on foot, never on horseback, unless compelled by some urgent necessity. Wherever in his way he saw any, either rich or poor, he invited them, if pagans, to embrace the mystery of the faith; or if they were believers, to strengthen them in their faith and stir up by words and actions to alms any good works.”
How can you imitate Aidan in your life? What part of Bede’s description is most compelling?