Above: The British Isles in 1190
SAINT ROBERT OF NEWMINSTER (DIED 1159)
Roman Catholic Abbot and Priest
First, the facts…
St. Robert of Newminster was an English priest who became a Benedictine monk at Whitby. Cofounding Fountains Abbey in 1132, he became a Cistercian, a member of a more austere order. Six years later the saint cofounded Newminster Abbey, of which he served as abbot from1138 to 1159. St. Robert also founded other Cistercian monasteries and wrote a commentary on the Book of Psalms.
Literacy was rare during the Middle Ages. Also, life was generally short and difficult for most people. Monks and abbots proved crucial to the preservation of Western civilization. St. Robert, as abbot, had the time and background to read the psalms, ponder them, and write a commentary on them. I thank God that such people lived.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
MAY 6, 2012 COMMON ERA
THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER, YEAR B
THE FEAST OF MIDDLETON STUART BARNWELL, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF GEORGIA
THE FEAST OF SAINTS EDBERT AND EADFRITH OF LINDISFARNE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS
THE FEAST OF SAINTS EDWARD JONES AND ANTHONY MIDDLETON, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYRS
THE FEAST OF JEANNETTE RANKIN, UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE
O God, by your Holy Spirit you give to some the word of wisdom,
to others the word of knowledge,
and to others the word of faith:
We praise your Name for the gifts of grace manifested in your servant Saint Robert of Newminster,
and we pray that your Church may never be destitute of such gifts;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Wisdom of Solomon 7:7-14
1 Corinthians 2:6-10, 13-16
—Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 720