‘Patiently put up with each other and love each other. Try your best to let God's Spirit keep your hearts united. Do this by living at peace.’ (Ephesians 4:2b,3)
In the list of Saints’ days, today (or yesterday) belongs to St Hilda of Whitby. She is a healthy reminder to us that this is not the first age in which women have been powerful leaders. Back in the 600s, she founded the monastery – a mixed community – on the Yorkshire coast and it became significant enough to be chosen as the place for the great Synod of Whitby (664 ad). Hilda, who was abbess at several monasteries, played a key role in bringing together Christians of different cultures (Irish and Anglo-Saxon, monks and clerics, kings and queens) bitterly divided over the date for the vital feast of Easter. Hilda deserves to be honoured for being a peacemaker. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God”.