Saint for the Day - June 9 - St. Columba
St. Columba, the
apostle of the Picts, was born of a noble family, at
Gartan, in the county of Tyrconnel, Ireland, in 521.
From early childhood he gave himself to God. In all
his labors—and they were many—his chief thought was
heaven and how he should secure the way thither. The
result was that he lay on the bare floor, with a
stone for his pillow, and fasted all the year round;
yet the sweetness of his countenance told of the
holy soul's interior serenity. Though austere, he
was not morose; and, often as he longed to die, he
was untiring in good works, throughout his life.
After he had been made abbot, his zeal offended King
Dermot; and in 565 the Saint departed for Scotland,
where he founded a hundred religious houses and
converted the Picts, who in gratitude gave him the
island of Iona. There St. Columba founded his
celebrated monastery, the school of apostolic
missionaries and martyrs, and for centuries the last
resting-place of Saints and kings. Four years before
his death, our Saint had a vision of angels, who
told him that the day of his death had been deferred
four years, in answer to the prayers of his
children; whereat the Saint wept bitterly, and cried
out, "Woe is me that my sojourning is prolonged!"
for he desired above all things to reach his true
home. How different is the conduct of most men, who
dread death above everything, instead of wishing "to
be dissolved, and to be with Christ"!
On the day of his peaceful death, in the
seventy-seventh year of his age, surrounded in choir
by his spiritual children, the 9th of June, 597, he
said to his disciple Diermit, "This day is called
the Sabbath, that is, the day of rest, and such will
it truly be to me; for it will put an end to my
labors." Then, kneeling before the altar, he
received the Viaticum, and sweetly slept in the
Lord. His relics were carried to Down, and laid in
the same shrine with the bodies of St. Patrick and
Saint for the Day - St. Columba
Read about the Saint for today - June 9 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
The thought of the world to come
will always make us happy, and
yet strict with ourselves in all
our duties. The more perfect we
become, the sooner shall we
behold that for which St.
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