Launch on St. Brendan’s Day

Brendan smiling in carWhen Gwen and I were on the Dingle Peninsula last summer, we did not expect a new grandson to end up with the name Brendan. It is a good name. On May 16, when we remember St. Brendan the Navigator (484-577) I would love to help launch the next generation of daring souls looking for the fullness of their life in Christ. Maybe our own family’s Brendan will be among them.

brendan iconEach generation has a boatload of people who will set off into the “deep,” looking for God in all the places he can be found. I don’t think it is such a coincidence that Jesus looked for fishermen to be his first disciples. St. Brendan’s voyage was an inspiration for hundreds of years. When he got back from his journey of discovering himself in Jesus (and America) he founded several communities that added to the missionary fervor of Ireland.

I want to be like him, so I ended up on pilgrimage to the place where his earthly journey began…

 

Brendan's Creek, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Brendan's Creek, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

…and ended.

 

Clonfert Cathedral, where Brendan is buried

Clonfert Cathedral, where Brendan is buried

In the devotional book, Celtic Daily Prayer, that I have been using, there is a nice prayer in honor of Brendan. The Northumbria Community suggests we use it on this day. I offer it to you.

Lord, I will trust You,

help me to journey beyond the familiar

and into the unknown.

 

Give me faith to leave the old ways

and break fresh ground with you.

 

Christ of the mysteries, can I trust You

to be stronger than each storm in me?

 

Do I still yearn for Your glory to lighten me?

 

I will show others the care You’ve given me.

 

I will determine amidst all uncertainty

always to trust.

 

I choose to live beyond regret,

and let You recreate my life.

 

I believe You will make a way for me

and provide for me,

if only I trust You

and obey.

 

I will trust in the darkness and know

that my times are still in Your hand.

 

I will believe You for my future,

chapter by chapter, until the story is written.

 

Focus my mind and my heart upon You,

my attention always on You without alteration.

 

Strengthen me with Your blessing

and appoint to me the task.

 

Teach me to live with eternity in view.

tune my spirit to the music of heaven.

 

Feed me,

and, somehow,

make my obedience count for You.

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3 Responses to Launch on St. Brendan’s Day

  1. Pingback: May 16 – Brendan | Celebrating Our Transhistorical Body

  2. Hope Feldman says:

    wow! the celtic prayers are powerful! thanks for the chance to pray in a different way

  3. Ziggy says:

    Thanks for posting this Rod, I like celebrating the saints, and those prayers are always helpful and encouraging.

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