Reeson’s Ramblings :: June 11, 2017
Columbkille was a man of outstanding gentleness and empathy. He was a kindly individual with a practical concern for people. He helped the unfortunate: interesting himself in the plight of a hostage; rehabilitating a reformed robber; curing a nun with a broken hip; assisting a woman in the pangs of child-birth with his prayers; providing destitute men with means of feeding themselves; and even at his death approached comforting others rather than seeking to be comforted. He had a profound sense of the worth of human beings and of the contribution they were making to society.
Above all, Columbkille was a man of prayer. Coming from a princely background with a commanding and practical personality he was bound to make an impact on his generation. His real greatness was that he was able to combine the advantages given him by temperament and birth with the ambition of sainthood.
Taken from the Derry Diocesan Organizing Committee for the Columban Centenary Celebration 1997
St. Columbkille Feast Day June 9th
St. Columbkille, powerful protector of children, no one in danger ever appealed to you with true devotion that danger did not vanish. We beg your protection against all visible and invisible enemies; intercede for us to prevent war, to resolve the causes of famine, and to protect us from all that could disturb our peace now and particularly at the hour of our death. St. Columbkille, our patron, intercede for us.
An ancient devotional prayer to St. Columbkille