Cuthbert of Lindisfarne

March 20

As a boy growing up in northern England, Cuthbert was working as a shepherd when he thought he saw angels carrying Aidan's soul into heaven. He went to the monastery at Melrose and asked for admittance. Within ten years Cuthbert was the prior where he was known for his kind spirit. In 664 he became prior of Lindisfarne and spent the next twelve years evangelizing Northumbria.


In 676 Cuthbert followed what he felt as a call to be a hermit and moved to Inner Farne, a more remote island. Because of his reputation as a spiritual director, many people took boats to Inner Farne to ask his guidance.
In 685 Cuthbert was chosen as Bishop of Hexham, so he reluctantly left his solitude and became a traveling bishop. After a year, however, he returned to his hermitage on Inner Farne, where he died on March 20, 687. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne is buried in Durham Cathedral.


If Cuthbert of Lindisfarne had taken the Spiritual Types Test, he probably would have been a Lover. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne is remembered on March 20.


Image is detail of window of St Cuthbert as a Youth Tending His Sheep. St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Today's Reflection

Cuthbert of Lindisfarne