Saint Wulfstan, Bishop

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Saint Wulfstan, pray for us!

Saint Wulfstan (1008-1095) + Bishop and reformer, also called Wulstan and Wolstan. Born at Long-Itch ington, Warwickshire, England, he studied at the abbeys of Evesham and Peterborough, received ordination, and joined the Benedictines at Worcester. Wulfstan served as treasurer of the church at Worcester, was prior of the monastery, and finally was named bishop of Worcester in 1062. After overcoming initial doubts about his ability to hold the office of bishop, he demonstrated such skill after the Norman Conquest that he was the lone bishop to be kept in his post by William the Conqueror (r. l066-l087). For the next three decades, Wulfstan rebuilt his cathedral, cared for the poor, and struggled to alleviate the harsh decrees of the Normans upon the vanquished Saxons. He was canonized in 1203. Feast day: January 19.

REFLECTION: God has entrusted His Church through the Apostles, and through them to the Bishops, from the hands of the Bishops down to priests and deacons. We should follow the hierarchy that God ordained in His Church for through it graces overflow. We should not doubt our superior’s qualifications instead pray for them that they may be qualified for the work and task given them. Hand in hand with them, we can make things happen for God’s greater glory!

PRAYER: Almighty ever-living God, who chose blessed Wulfstan to preside as Bishop over your holy people, we pray that, by his merits, you may bestow on us the grace of your loving kindness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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