In Four Things Like Unto Moses

In quatuor rebus similis fuit Moysi Patricius: I. Primo, anguelum de rubo audivit: II. quadraginta diebus et quadraginta noctibus ieiunavit: III. quia annos centum viginti peregit in vita praesenti: IIII. ubi sunt ossa eius nemo novit. Duo hostes duodecim diebus corpus Sancti Patricii contenderunt et noctem inter se duodecim diebus non viderunt, sed diem semper et in […]

St. Senán and the Péist of Inis Cathaigh

Then came Raphael the Archangel to commune with Senán, and he said: “Come with me, and I will shew thee the place in which thy resurrection will take place; for unto God it seems time for thee to reach it.” Then Senán and the angel went till they were on Mullach Feis. Then said the angel […]

Thou Findest Him Not

Téicht doróim mór saido · becc · torbai · INrí chondaigi† hifoss · manimbera latt nífogbái · Mór báis mor baile mór coll ceille mor mire olais airchenn teicht dó ecaib · beith fo étoil · maíc · maire · † From a facsimile given by Matthaei in his XIII epistolarum Pauli Codex (1791), folio 23. […]

Columcille’s Nettle Broth

Once when he was going round the graveyard in Iona, he saw an old woman cutting nettles for broth for herself. ‘What is the cause of this, poor woman?’ said Colum Cille. ‘Dear Father,’ said she, ‘I have one cow, and it has not yet borne a calf; I am waiting for it, and this […]