Cuthbert’s Miracles

Many of Cuthbert’s miracles deal with animals and birds and his natural surroundings.
The story of the sea otters warming his feet has been told.
The North East coast and the Farne islands in particular are a haven for wild birds.
 
On a journey with a young boy, they found a fish which had been caught by an eagle and shared it with the bird.
While visiting the Picts by boat at Christmas time they were trapped by a storm. They found 3 pieces of Dolphin flesh on the beach to feed on.
On a journey his horse found a meal of meat and bread in the straw of a shieling.
When birds fed on his plants he told them off and they disappeared never to return.
When crows pulled straw from the roof of the hut which he made for visitors he told them to desist. They flew off, one came back to apologise and then returned with another carrying a piece of hog’s fat which he used to grease his shoes.
 
He changed the wind to save the monks adrift in the Tyne.
He predicted that the sea would be calm after 3 days and it was.
Monks visiting him on Farne were prevented from leaving for 7 days by a storm. The reason for the storm was that they had disobeyed Cuthbert’s orders to cook a goose which was hanging on the wall. Once they started to boil the goose (now over 7 days old!) the storm ceased.
He found a spring by digging in the centre of his house on Farne.
The sea provided him timber for his toilet.
Water that he had tasted changed to taste of wine.
 
He put out a fire by praying in a house which water had failed to extinguish .
Another time at his Foster mother’s village he caused the wind to change to stop a fire burning down the village.
 
He restored Hildemar`s wife to her senses.
He cured the paralysis of the servant Baldhelm.
He restored a women near to death by giving holy water to his priest, Ethelwald.
He cured Ethelwald`s sister of pain with holy oil.
H e cured Hildemar with consecrated bread
He restored a young man wasted with illness.
He saved the son of a woman who had lost one child to the plague.
He cured the monk Walstod of diarrhoea.
Aelfflaed and one of her nuns were cured of pain by touching a girdle he had sent them.
 
Prophesies
He prophesied that Aldfrith would succeed his half brother.
He foresaw the death of Ecgfrith.
He foresaw his own death and that Herebert would die on the same day.
H e saw the soul of Hadwald , the shepherd, ascending to heaven after he had been killed falling from a tree.
 
Even after his death the miracles continued
The fact that his body was not corrupted was seen as proof of his sainthood. 
A boy was cured of fits by touching the soil from the pit where Cuthbert’s corpse had been washed.
A priest of Wilibrod the Northumbrian who was Bishop of the Frisians was healed by praying at his tomb.

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