Saint Kevin of Glendalough

Saint Kevin of Glendalough

Patron of Animal Lovers, Ireland, Black Birds, and Ravens
Feast Day: June 3

Kevin was a hermit who lived in the land now known as Ireland. His cave still exists and is called “Saint Kevin’s Bed.” He was a Miracle Worker and lived to the age of 120! Kevin preferred the company of animals. During a drought, a generous otter friend started bringing Kevin salmon for the Monks to eat.  One of the Monks saw the otter and decided he would capture it and use its hide to make gloves or a hat. Kevin then told the otter what the Monk was planning, and he promptly scurried away, never to be seen again.

A boy was suffering with Epilepsy and it was believed that an apple would cure his plight. But there were no apples to be found. Kevin told a swallow who flew away and managed to have apple trees grow, thus saving the boy’s life. Once, while praying with his arms outstretched, a raven dropped by and laid eggs in his palm. Kevin did not move until the birds hatched! Some wonder whether the author of Dr. DoLittle read stories about Saint Kevin! © 2015           


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