How King Brian Boru Teaches Us The Value Of Ignoring Distractions During Prayer

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King Brian Boru was considered to be the very first Irish rebel. You can read a quick synopsis regarding his life and many activities here. The purpose of this post is really to focus on his last Battle for Dublin. It’s famously known as the battle of Clontarf.

Towards the end of the battle, as the bodies of many Viking corpses lay across the beach, it was clear the fight had been won by King Brian. Regardless, a very angry Viking managed to hack his way through Irish defenses and found himself at the tent where King Brian resided. Upon opening the tent Brian was observed to be praying by the Viking.

While he was praying the Viking came up behind him and cleaved his neck from his shoulders with one (or perhaps several) swoops with his axe. The Battle for Clontarf and subsequently, Dublin, had been won. His arch enemy King Silkbeard had been defeated. But His Majesty Brian won more than the battle of Clontarf, he won the battle for his soul.

I believe that by his death while at prayer he provided one last example to the people of Ireland on the value and importance of prayer. Not only this he gives us insight into which fight is more important. He showed us how we should actually pray, which is to say, with the heart.

We should pray with the heart and with so much attention to the presence of God before us that not even if a man enter our tent with an axe to take our head from our shoulders should we take our focus off the prize of our prayer and eternal salvation.

Therefore, if you’re looking for help in distractions towards prayer, although never declared a saint by the Church, I highly recommend saying a wee prayer to KING BRIAN BORU!

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew:10:28

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