The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran eBook

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11.  Now when the man of God had spent a certain time there, with the licence of Nynnidus he hastened to Saint Endeus, abbot in Ara; who was filled with no small joy at his coming.  Now on a certain night he dreamed that he had seen beside the bank of the great river Synan a great leafy and fruitful tree which over-shadowed all Ireland.  Which dream he related to blessed Endeus on the following day.  But Endeus himself bore witness that he had seen the same vision that night, which vision Endeus interpreted:  “The tree,” he said, “thou art it, who shalt be great before God and men, and honourable throughout all Ireland; because she is protected from demons and from other perils by the shadow of thy help and grace, as under the shadow of a health-giving tree.  Many near and far shall the fruit of thy works advantage.  Wherefore according to the decree of God who revealeth secrets, depart to the place that hath been shown thee before, and there abide, according to the grace given thee of God.”  Comforted by the interpretation of this vision, in true obedience he obeyed the command of Saint Endeus his spiritual father.


12.  And having set forth on the way he found in his journey a poor man, to whom, as he asked an alms of him, he made over his cloak.  And when he had arrived at the island of Cathacus, blessed Senanus learnt of his arrival, the Spirit revealing it to him, and coming to meet him he said as though smiling, “Is it not shame for a presbyter to journey without a cloak?” For Senanus in the spirit knew how he had given it to a poor man.  And so he came to meet him with a cloak.  And Keranus said, “My elder,” said he, “beareth a cloak for me under his vesture.”


13.  When he had received it and returned thanks to the giver, he came for sacred converse to the cell of his brother Luctigernnus, where also was his other brother, Odranus by name.  There for some time he prolonged his sojourn, and was guest-master.  Now one day when he was reading in the open air in the cemetery, guests came unexpectedly, whom he led to the guest-house, having left his book open in forgetfulness:  and he washed their feet with devotion, and did the other services necessary for them, for the sake of Christ.  Meanwhile, when the night darkness had fallen, there was a great rain.  But He Who bedewed the fleece of Gideon, but afterwards kept it untouched by the dew, so preserved the book of holy Keranus, open though it was, from the rushing waters, that not a drop fell upon it.


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