Saint Columba (521-597)

for June 9

Tradition tells us that Saint Columba was born in Donegal, Ireland. After completing his studies, Saint Columba was ordained to the priesthood, and devoted a large portion of his life to preaching throughout Ireland and Scotland. At the age of 42, Saint Columba left his residence in Ireland and settled on the island of Iona, off the coast of Scotland. After becoming acclimated, he started a monastery, shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with the Pict tribe, and established a monastic rule. Saint Columba is the patron saint of Ireland, Scotland, bookbinders, poets, and of safety from floods.

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"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor" (Luke 4:18–19). Jesus announces his mission in a way that inspires us to follow his example. When we look around, we see physically poor people who have no food and shelter, and spiritually poor people who have no faith. We see captives of abuse, self-hatred, and addiction. We know that there are visually blind people and others who refuse to see the beauty of life. The oppressed may be modern-day slaves or victims of bullying. Whatever we see, when we hear Jesus’ mission we must ask ourselves: What am I doing to help others? How can I be like Jesus right here and right now? (Taken from "By My Side: A Teen Prayer Companion.")


Jesus, my brother, may I follow your lead and help others in need. (Taken from "By My Side: A Teen Prayer Companion.")