The Daughters of Charity in their daily round of prayer celebrate the various feast days of the Church. In the month of November one of the saints we celebrate is the feast of St Laurence O’ Toole. It is good to remember this man in a special way, not alone because he was the first Archbishop of Dublin but because he was a peace maker.
Peace is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and brings joy and love to our lives and the lives of those with whom we live and work.
So each year on the 14 November we remember St Laurence O’Toole. The Daughters of Charity are resident in 16 houses in the Archdiocese of Dublinand are involved in ministry in a variety ways in the various parishes. The houses are located in Blackrock, Clonsilla, Phibsborough, Henrietta Street, Killarney Street, Killinarden, Kilmore West, Clontarf, Navan Road, North William Street, Raheny. Through the intercession of St Laurence O’ Toole we will pray for all the people with whom we come in contact with in our day to day ministries and ask God’s blessing on them.
St Laurence O’Toole lived his life for God. He was born in 1128 and joined the community of monks in Glendalough having experienced a life of poverty, hunger and ill treatment as a hostage. In 1153 he became Abbot of Glendalough.
As an Abbot he built new churches and encouraged learning in the monastery. He took great care of the poor and sold many of the treasures of the monastery to food for those who were starving.
His prayer life was sacred to Laurence. He rose early to sing the psalms and he prayed for the people of Dublin. He spent time in the hermitage on the lake in Glendalough to be in peace and solitude with God.
In 1171 when the Normans attacked Dublin, Laurence tried to make peace with their leader Strongbow but many people were killed in spite of his efforts. Laurence persevered in the pursuit of peace and he ultimately met his death as he tried to make peace between Henry 11 of England and the Irish kings. When Laurence travelled to France on this mission he became ill and died in Eu. His tomb quickly became a place of pilgrimage and many miracles were worked there. Laurence was canonised in 1225.
Let us pray for the current Archbishop of Dublin, Most Rev Diarmuid Martin and for the people of the Archdiocese of Dublin that the spirit of peace will rest in individual hearts…
Archbishop of Dublin, Most Rev Diarmuid Martin