(543 – 615)
St Columbanus was born in County Meath, Ireland. He was educated locally and furthered his studies in multiple Irish communities.
St Columbanus remained in Ireland until his forties and then travelled to France and Italy. There he established many monasteries, attracting large numbers of vocations to his monastic life and converting many to the Christian faith. Despite his ever-expanding following, he sought a simple hermit existence; often withdrawing to places of isolation.
St Columbanus upheld Irish Christian traditions and maintained an inflexible adherence to Papal rule. He held great respect and love for all of God’s creatures and it was not uncommon for wild animals to settle in his vicinity or on his person. He died in Italy. His remains are held in a crypt at Bobbio Abbey.
St Columbanus’ Feast Day is the 23rd November.
Pray that as we journey through life, we will hold no fear, knowing that God is with us each step of the way.
Glory be to the…
“When Jesus approached and saw the city [of Jerusalem], he wept over it”. (Luke 19:41)
It’s difficult to imagine Jesus crying, but He did.
His home City, Jerusalem, was so very close to his thoughts and heart. He loved all of its people but he also knew that many had refused his offer of salvation for their souls and some Jewish Leaders within the City were planning to kill him.
Lord Jesus, I have also been the cause of your many tears. Forgive me my sins and strengthen my will to always follow your ways.
Prayer: Be At Peace (St Francis de Sales)
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
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Almighty God, thank you for this new day. Bless me and keep me safe.