Kevin lived as a hermit at Glendalough in Ireland. There disciples gathered round him and a monastery grew up. He is said to have lived to be 120. One much-loved story tells of a blackbird building its nest in his outstretched hands as he was praying. He kept perfectly still until the eggs hatched. Regardless of whether this story is true, it paints a beautiful word-picture of his spirituality. This concern for the natural world around and all its creatures is a hallmark of Celtic Christian thinking.

May I be so devoted to my worship of You, O my Creator, that I may respect and cherish all You have created. As I am drawn closer to Your heart, may Your love flow through me to all around me. Amen.