Today – October 11th – we celebrate St Kenneth’s Feast Day – his isle, where he lived as a hermit for some time, is just off the coast of Mull. His cave, which can still be visited today, is one of those extraordinary places where suddenly we all go silent and feel the need to hide in a corner to pray.
St Kenneth sought silence and solitude all his live. He retreated to his isle shortly after landing on Iona with St Columba, as one of his original companions. His heart longed for something else, something deep, something real – and Christ gave him the strength to follow that blessed longing to the end.
May we all open to the grace of hearing this secret longing of our hearts, and may we all be blessed with the strength to leave all and follow that longing.
Happy Feast, everyone!
More images of the icon (including full-size) are posted on the bookstore site: https://www.shop.mullmonastery.com/product/st-kenneth/