If you were lucky enough to be in Wales on March the first, you would find the country in a festive mood. Every self-respecting man, woman and child would be celebrating St. David’s Day in one way or another. But who was St. David?

Well, Saint David, or Dewi Sant, as he is known in the Welsh language, is the patron saint of Wales. He was a Celtic monk, abbot and bishop, who lived in the sixth century. During his life, he was the archbishop of Wales, and he was one of many early saints who helped to spread Christianity among the pagan Celtic tribes of western Britain.

One of the good pieces of advice that he gave to his followers was to be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us.’ ‘Do the little things’ (‘Gwnewch y pethau bychain’) is today a very well-known phrase in Welsh, and has proved an inspiration to many. So as we enter March let’s follow that advice, because although we might not be able to change the world ourselves, all the little things that we do will all add up and WILL make a difference to the world in which we live.

About Keith Berry-Davies

I am a priest in the Church of England and have recently retired from full time ministry. I'm married and have 6 children and 11 grandchildren. I first got involved in broadcasting when I was in my late teens and have been doing it almost ever since and I hope that I will continue until I really am old and infirm.

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