SAINT CUTHBERT'S EAGLE
BY THE VENERABLE BEDE (ADAPTED)
ONCE upon a time, the good Saint Cuthbert of Lindesfarne,
went forth from his monastery to preach to the poor. He took
with him a young lad as his only attendant. Together they
walked along the dusty way. The heat of the noonday sun beat
upon their heads, and fatigue overcame them.
"Son," said Saint Cuthbert, "do you know any one on the
road, whom we may ask for food and a place in which to
"I was just thinking the same thing," answered the lad, "but
I know nobody on the road who will entertain us. Alas! why
did we not bring along provisions? How can we proceed on our
long journey without them?"
"My son," answered the saint, "learn to have trust in God,
who never will suffer those to perish of hunger who believe
Then looking up and seeing an eagle flying in the air, he
added, "Do you see the eagle yonder? It is possible for God
to feed us by means of this bird."
While they were talking thus, they came to a river, and, lo!
the eagle stood on the bank.
"Son," said Saint Cuthbert, "run and see what
 provision God has made for us by his handmaid the bird."
The lad ran, and found a good-sized fish that the eagle had
just caught. This he brought to the saint.
"What have you done?" exclaimed the good man, "why have you
not given a part to God's handmaid? Cut the fish in two
pieces, and give her one, as her service well deserves."
The lad did as he was bidden, and the eagle, taking the half
fish in her beak, flew away.
Then entering a neighboring village, Saint Cuthbert gave the
other half to a peasant to cook, and while the lad and the
villagers feasted, the good saint preached to them the Word
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