"Prayer begins and ends in silence. It begins in our silence in the presence of God and ends in our presence in the silence of God."
-Gabriel Cooper Rochelle
...so says Fr. Gabriel Rochelle, an Orthodox Priest in his meditation on the simplicity of the Celtic saint, Ita, whose feast day is today, January 15. As a boy, St. Brendan was one of her pupils at the school she founded at Hy Connaill. She advised him to cultivate a pure heart, a simple life, and a generous spirit, which he apparently did.