Saint Days: Columba, Abbot and Missionary
St. Columba (521-577) was born in Ireland. His name means "dove" (which is the same meaning as the prophet Jonah). He attended a monastic school and became a deacon and eventually a priest. In 563, he went to Scotland with twelve missionaries. While there, there are stories of many miracles he performed and established a monastery at Iona which he turned into a school for missionaries.
St. Columba was a brilliant man. He transcribed 300 books and wrote numerous hymns. Let us remember St. Columba and pray a prayer he wrote:
Be a bright flame before me, O God, a guiding star above me. Be a smooth path below me, a kindly shepherd behind me, today, tonight, and forever. Alone with none but you my God I journey on my way, what need I fear when you are near? O Lord of night and day, more secure am I within your hand than if a multitude did round me stand.