Columba

Irish - (521-597). A saint and missionary. Son of Feidlimidh. Brother of Oran. He set up a monastery on Iona and sent out missions to convert the Picts. His story is found in the Vitae Columbae written by Adhamnan in the 7th century. An angel always hovered over his head and, in one account, he sent an angel to catch a monk, who had fallen from a tower, before he hit the ground. A monster in Loch Ness swam off at his command as it was about to attack one of his monks, Lugne. When a magician caused the wind to blow against his ship, it sailed on against the wind. It was said that the gates of Inverness opened of their own volition when he made the sign of the cross. When the ruler of Tory Island offered him as much land as his cloak could cover, Columba caused the cloak to cover the whole island. He was cured of his somewhat haughty manner when Christ himself appeared as a beggar and caused the dough given to him by the saint to sprout corn. He died on Iona, but it was said that his body was miraculously transported to Ireland and re-interred beside St Brigit and St Patrick. His feast-day is 9 June. Sometimes referred to as Columba, Colm Cille, Colm Cille, Colmcille, Colmcille, Colum, Colum, Criomhthann or Criomhthann.

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