Saint Days: Alcuin of York, Deacon and Abbot of Tours
Saint Alcuin (735-804) great up as a student of Archbishop Ecgbert. He was invited to be a scholar and educator in the court of Charlemagne. He served as a deacon and the Abbot of Tours as well. He wrote many influential works and is known as one of the most influential figures in the Carolingian Renaissance.
He gave us an important reminder regarding evangelism:
"Men can be attracted but not forced to the faith. You may drive people to baptism, but you won't move them one step further in religion."
Let us remember Alcuin in our prayers today:
Almighty God, you gave to your servant Alcuin special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.