December 22, 2014

Sir Richard of Kilkenney

Sir Richard of Kilkenney was an attorney in Ireland during the 16th century. He was regarded as a rather irreligious man and took some satisfaction in trying to disrupt others from their religious practices. While others were at Mass on Sundays, he was known to take his dogs out for hunting, hoping their barking would distract those attempting to pray.

Thinking to cause a similar nuissance, he once approached a crowd of worshippers. They were awaiting the arrival of the Blessed Sacrament, which was being carried in a procession through the streets. Sir Richard rode toward the group with his hounds and tried to spur his horse through them.
The horse, however, refused to obey. Instead, it was reported to have knelt down and refused to rise until the Blessed Sacrament had passed.

Sir Richard reformed his religious ways after that. According to local tradition, he erected a blue cross on the spot to mark the incident.

Based on Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 227.


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