April 27: Saint Maughold

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Saint Patrick is said to have converted all of Ireland, and Saint Maughold (d. c. 498) is said to be one of his most dramatic converts. After all, Maughold was a pirate with apparently little or no virtue in his behavior when Patrick brought him to the faith.

At Patrick’s direction, Maughold left behind his unsavory business associates and traveled by small boat to the Isle of Man, where two other missionaries were already living. Saint Maughold must have learned a great deal about virtue during his time spent in monastic life because he ultimately became a bishop.

Saint Maughold, help me to never give up hope on those who seem far away from God.

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