Saint Winoc (d.717)
for November 6
Saint Winoc was brought up and educated in Brittany. He is said to have possible noble lineage. He was called to become a monk at Saint Peter's monastery at Sithiu under Abbot Saint Bertin. He and three companions founded a monastery in neighboring Dunkirk. This monastery became a missionary epicenter for the region. Winoc was very aware of the apostolic principle, "If any would not work, neither should he eat." He spent much of his time taking part in the manual labor of the monasteries, taking joy in the hard work. When old age robbed him of most of his strength, Winoc prayed for assistance to continue his work. His prayers were answered when he received a hand corn mill, which allowed him to make flour tortillas for his brothers as well as for the poor. Saint Winoc is the patron saint against fever, against whooping cough, and of millers.
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Not many people like to do manual labor. As Saint Winoc points out, though, "If any would not work, neither should he eat." This means that people cannot be lazy and simply demand to be fed. Rather, they must work for the food they receive. What a novel concept in the drive-through society that we live in! Ask the Lord to help you become more appreciative for the food you eat, and for those who allow it to appear on your table.
Loving God, help me respond to Jesus’ prayer by becoming a laborer for your Kingdom. Let me overcome the messages that say others should serve me, rather than that I should serve others. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)