Inspired by Saint Columba

All the Wonders** reminds us that today is the feast day of Saint Columba

Let me bless almighty God,
whose power extends over
sea and land,
whose angels watch over all.


Let me study sacred books
to calm my soul;
I pray for peace,
kneeling at heaven’s gates.


Let me do my daily work,
gathering seaweed,
catching fish,
giving food to the poor.


Let me say my daily prayers,
sometimes chanting,
sometimes quiet,
always thanking God.


Delightful it is
to live on a peaceful isle,
in a quiet cell,
serving the King of kings.

– Columba (521 – 597)
Celtic Fire: The Passionate Religious Vision of Ancient Britain and Ireland edited by Robert Van de Weyer

Who’d have thunk it – – two guys were sitting at Starbucks in Anderson Township earlier this week talking about this saint from the 6th century? At that point, we were unaware that the feast day was just a day or two away.

On a monthly basis Mark and I have been discussing Holy Companions: Spiritual Practices from the Celtic Saints by Mary C. Earle and Sylvia Maddox, focusing on a different saint each month. If you haven’t seen this Holy Companions book yet, check it out – it’s great for individual reading and/or small-group discussions!

ACTION: May our behaviors today be consistent with Saint Columba who “inspires us with a Christian vision that infuses the creativity of our human gifts with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.” Holy Companions p. 39

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!


** a newer devotional by Beth Richardson, former editor of Alive Now – check it out!

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