Today, March 20th, is the feast of St. Cuthbert (643-687). Born Anglo-Saxon, he is numbered among the Celtic saints because he began his monastic life at Melrose Abbey, where the Irish monk, Boissil, was abbot.
Cuthbert's chief virtue is silence. By the time he became prior at Lindisfarne, he had become so weary of talking that he gave up his position and retreated to his hermitage on Inner Farne, where for ten years, pilgrims sought him out for his few wise words.
Like Cuthbert, we each need to find a place for awe in our lives, where without distractions, we can explore the inner country beyond all words.