Today's Saint (June 9): Columba, Abbot (c. 521 - 97)

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Born in Ireland around 521, Columba left his native land in about 563, along with 12 of his fellow monks, for Iona, an island off Scotland. He then did his great work, that of the conversion of the Northern Picts, including Brude, king of the Picts.

His willingness to go wherever called by Christ is an holy example for all Christians. "The Lord prospered their works in the hand of the holy prophet. They went through the wilderness that was not inhabited, and pitched tents in places where there lay no way." (The day's gradual, page E 66, People's Anglican Missal)

Columba's Mass Propers
Catholic Encyclopedia Article

Books Worth Considering
Treasury of Irish Saints
Spes Scotorum, Hope of Scots: St Columba, Iona & Scotland

Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)amazon
The Penguin Dictionary of Saints: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)amazon