The Church has been in the headlines a lot in the last few weeks. Firstly the Pope’s resignation took everyone by surprise. Then the speculation about his successor was the media frenzy of the day. More recently the allegations about Cardinal O’Brien and his resignation have been to the fore. Not all publicity is good publicity. A number of us may be slightly reeling and bit confused to say the least.
And so perhaps the saint we celebrate today has a great deal to tell us during these troubling times. Saint David, the Patron Saint of Wales, lived during what has often been referred to as ‘the Dark Ages’. The time after the departure of the Roman legions when everything seemed to be falling apart, and life was fraught with dangers. David was a monk and renowned for both his life of penance and also his teaching of the faith. He travelled around his part of Wales preaching the gospel and encouraged others to take it to the pagans living in Ireland and elsewhere. A man of great courage and vision St. David’s best remembered phrase sums up his life: ‘Be joyful! Keep the Faith!’
Those are words that we can take to heart today. We can be confident and joyous because, as St. David knew, our faith comes from God himself and the Church, although composed of sinners, is ultimately holy through the power of the Spirit.