May 24th - St. David I of
David was to express profound remorse for an ill-conceived and ill-fated invasion of
he had ordered on behalf of his niece. He also suffered the sorrow of the
premature death of his only son.
May 22, 1153, as David was nearing death, he received the anointing
of the sick and Viaticum, after which he devoted himself to reciting the Psalms with
those at his bedside. The next day, the king told those urging him to take a
rest from his devotions, “Let me rather think about the things of God, so that
my spirit may set out strengthened on its journey from exile to home.
When I stand before God’s tremendous judgment seat, you will not be
able to answer for me or defend me.” He thus continued with his prayers.
David died at dawn on Sunday, May 24.
Reflection: "Let me think about the things of God, instead, so that my soul may be strengthened on its trip from exile home."-St. David of