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Friday, June 9, 2023

Meditation in Pentecost: Feast of St. Columba of Ireland and Scotland ~ June 9, 2023

I do not hold to the voice of birds, 
or any luck on the earthly world, 
or chance or a son or a woman.  
Christ the Son of God is my Druid; 
Christ the Son of Mary, the great Abbot; 
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  
My estates are with the King of Kings. 

St. Columba* 

In ainm an Athar agus an Mhic agus an Spioraid Naoimh:**
        Your servant, Columba, has touched the ancient pagan fragments carried deep within my Celtic bones and has fanned the flames of Pentecost in my soul. Embolden my fervor that I might live deeply into the love of Christ and give deeply of that love to all around me. Whether in my moments of solitude or in the midst of all of life's delights and disasters, keep me unflagging in my devotion to and actions on behalf of Christ, Druid and Abbot for all whom God has created.  amen.    

*Born in County Donegal, Ireland, of royal blood, Columba (also called Columcille) became a monk and rose to the rank of priest.  About 561 he became embroiled in a dispute over copyright with St. Finnian which resulted in numerous deaths in a battle. As penance, Columba was ordered out of Ireland for the remainder of his life and told to make as many converts as men killed in the battle.  He went to Scotland where his conversion of the Picts is the stuff of legend as is his bringing back to life a man killed by the Loch Ness monster and driving the monster off with the sign of the cross. He established a monastery on the island of Iona on the west coast of Scotland which still today is a site of pilgrimage and retreat. As one of the three patron saints in Ireland, this Holy Three of Erin are buried together ~ St. Patrick, St. Columba, and St. Brigid ~ in County Down.

**Irish Gaelic for "In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit," pronounced:

In an-nim on ah-hur og-gus on vic og-gus on spir-id neev

Druid:  priest in ancient Celtic religion; a priest of an ancient religion practiced in Britain, Ireland, and Gaul until the people of those areas were converted to Christianity

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