Great and Singular Merits

Of a volume of a book in the Saint’s handwriting which could not be destroyed by water. I CANNOT think of leaving unnoticed another miracle which once took place by means of the opposite element. For many years after the holy man had departed to the Lord, a certain youth fell from his horse into […]

An Order of Malediction

Adomnán has also set down an order of malediction for them, to wit, a psalm for every day up to twenty days and an apostle or a noble saint for every day to be invoked with it, to wit, “Quare” and Peter, “Domine quid multiplicati” and John, “Verba mea” and Philip, “Domine Deus meus” and Bartholomew, “Dixit insipiens” and Thomas, “Deus, […]

Close to My Heart

My medal of St. Columba depicts the Saint standing on a currach or coracle, a symbol of his exile over the sea from Ireland to Hy or Iona. The currach is a hide-covered wooden-framed boat. He wears the typical léine (shirt/tunic) covered with a blanket-like plaid (or brat) with hands extended in a cruciform pose. […]

St. Columba’s Exile

Sometime around anno 560, St. Columba became involved in a dispute with his teacher, St. Finnian of Mainistir Mhaigh Bhile (“Monastery of the Plain of the Notable Tree”), Movilla Abbey, regarding the former’s copying of a psalter surreptitiously or without permission.  Evidently, St. Finnian either disputed Columba’s right to copy his master’s book or subsequently to retain […]

Missing the Letter “I” Alone

QUADAM die Baitheneus, ad Sanctum accedens, ait, “Necesse habeo ut aliquis de fratribus mecum Psalterium quod scripsi percurrens emendet.”  Quo audito, Sanctus sic profatur, “Cur hanc super nos infers sine causa molestiam? nam in tuo hoc, de quo dicis, Psalterio nec una superflua reperietur litera, nec alia deesse, excepta I vocali, quae sola deest.”  Et […]