With Garrulous Loquacity

Below is the chapter appertaining to monastic silence from the Regula Monachorum of Columbanus Hibernus. Saint Columbanus (540 – 23 November 615; Irish: Columbán, meaning “the white dove”) was an Irish missionary notable for founding a number of monasteries on the European continent from circa 590 in the Frankish and Lombard kingdoms, most notably Luxeuil (in present-day France) and Bobbio (Italy), and stands as an exemplar of Irish missionary activity in early […]

Take the Veil Then My Daughter

Shortly afterwards a man came to Dubthach’s house to woo Brigit. His name was Dubthach moccu Lugair. That pleased her father and her brothers. ‘It is difficult for me’, said Brigit, ‘I have offered up my virginity to God. I will give you advice. There is a wood behind your house, and there is a […]

Never Was Born to the Gael Offspring Nobler

Now there never was born to the Gael offspring nobler, nor wiser, nor of better kin, than Colombcille. There hath not come of them another who was meeker, or humbler, or lowlier. Surely it was great lowliness in Colombcille that he himself used to take off his monks’ sandals and wash their feet for them. He […]

For Sake of the Lord of the Elements

Many of the faithful servants of the Lord, both in Old Law and the New Testament, fulfilled perfectly this kindly profitable counsel, to wit, they left their country and their land, their home and their kindred in the flesh, for sake of the Lord of the Elements, and they went into willing pilgrimage in far-off […]

The Whole Church Resounded with Loud Lamentations of Grief

Having written the aforementioned verse at the end of the page, the saint went to the church to the nocturnal vigils of the Lord’s Day; and so soon as this was over, he returned to his chamber, and spent the remainder of the night on his bed, where he had a bare flag for his […]

I Desired to Depart to Christ the Lord

This episode actually occurred before the events recounted in the last post, but reflecting upon them, I wanted to showcase them here. * * * TOWARDS the end of the above-mentioned four years, and as a true prophet he knew long before that his death would follow the close of that period, the old man, […]

What Follows Let Baithene Write

Then leaving this spot, he ascended the hill that overlooketh the monastery, and stood for some little time on its summit; and as he stood there with both hands uplifted, he blessed his monastery, saying: Small and mean though this place is, yet it shall be held in great and unusual honour, not only by […]

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 […]