Latest

19 Sep 2014 USA Comments (3)

NY cardinal: parade decision is matter of gay identity vs action

New York City, N.Y., Sep 19, 2014 / 02:14 am .- Cardinal Timothy Dolan has clarified his support for the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, while acknowled…

Read more

03 Jun 2016 Americas Asia-Pacific Australia Europe Middle East Middle East - Africa News United Kingdom USA Vatican No comments

Manchester United's Manager, Jose Mourinho to be Pope Francis for Film Animation

The New Portuguese Manager of the great Manchester United Football club, Jose Mourinho who just in the recent days signed a new contract deal as new manager of …

Read more

23 Nov 2016 News Comments (1)

Almost 2.5 million human embryos destroyed during IVF in Britain since 1990

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has released the latest total figures Almost 2.5 million embryos have been deliberately destroyed in the Unite…

Read more

27 Sep 2016 Articles Comments (3)

'There's a growing belief that religion is not a positive for American society' - How the Church impacts the US

A new report revealed exactly how faith and religion impact the United States - and you won't believe what researchers found. According to a report published…

Read more

18 Jul 2015 Articles Comments (1)

John Paul the Great

Everyone expected me to be nervous. Everyone except my mother, of course. I even expected to be a little anxious. After all, you don’t come face-to-face with a …

Read more

25 Jun 2016 Europe News USA Vatican No comments

European Church leaders fear consequences of Brexit vote

European Catholic leaders have expressed concern that the decision by British voters to leave the European Union threatens unity across the continent, but they …

Read more

20 Sep 2016 News Comments (3)

Blood of St Januarius liquefies once again in Naples Cathedral

The miracle of the liquefaction of the blood of St Januarius happened again at the Cathedral of Naples, Italy, on September 19, the saint’s feast day. St Jan…

Read more

15 Apr 2016 Articles Comments (5)

Without an annulment, is it OK to date another Partner as long as we are chaste?

Full Question My husband and I married in the Catholic Church, but now I am separated from my husband and in the process of divorce and annulment. Priests …

Read more

10 Sep 2014 Articles Comments (61)

Receiving the Sacraments After Divorce and Remarriage

I recently got a call at Catholic Answers from a woman who had fallen away from the Church many years ago but had come back home after watching EWTN and listeni…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

The monk who was burned by a demon in his sleep

  • Written by:
  • 1 Reply

St Fursey (January 16) helped advance Christianity in East Anglia and northern France

Fursey (died 648) was an Irish monk who helped to advance Christianity in both East Anglia and northern France. Precisely where and when Fursey was born is unknown. According to a seventh-century life, he established a monastery at Louth, some 35 miles north of Dublin.

The Venerable Bede records that Fursey experienced a vision, in which angels carried him out of his body to a great height. Looking down into a gloomy valley, he saw four fires. The first, an angel explained, was Falsehood; the next Covetousness; the third Discord and the last Injustice. Gradually these fires drew together into one mighty conflagration.

Fursey became alarmed. The angel, though, reassured him: “It will not burn you because you did not kindle it; for although it appears as a great and terrible fire, it tests everyone according according to his desert, and will burn away sinful desires." Fursey did not entirely escape, for one of the demons who tortured fallen spirits in the flames thrust a victim against him, causing him to be burnt on his (presumably ghostly) shoulder and jaw.

Fursey recognised the man, and remembered that he had appropriated some of his clothes after he died. Restored once more to his body, he found that he had a permanent scar on his shoulder and jaw.

Bede heard this story from a monk who had met Fursey. His informant recalled that, although it was a bitterly cold day when he saw the saint, who was but thinly clad, the holy man was sweating profusely – “either", as Bede suavely observes, “because of the consolation or the terror of his recollections".

Around 637 Fursey crossed the Irish Sea to begin his life as a missionary. His first field of endeavour was in East Anglia, where King Sigbert wanted to restore Christianity after the depredations of the pagan Redwald.

Inspired by another vision, Fursey built a monastery on some land given him by Sigbert at Cnobheresburg (Burgh Castle in Suffolk). Soon, though, he turned over the administration of the monastery to his brother Fullan, and went to live with another brother, Ultan, who had become a hermit.

After he had spent some 10 years in East Anglia the kingdom was attacked by the paganissimus Penda of Mercia. Fursey fled across the Channel, where he was welcomed by the Frankish King Clovis II.

The King’s wife Balthild was an Anglo-Saxon aristocrat who had been sold into slavery in Gaul. Whether or not through this contact, Fursey was able to found another monastery at Lagnac, near Paris on the River Marne, before dying on a journey in 649.

Disputes over where he should be buried testified to the high regard in which he was held. Finally he was laid to rest in Péronne, where his cult continued to grow.


by









wpsd_autopost:
1

1 comment

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories