Monday, June 8, 2015

St. Columcille (Columba)

I bought this (used) library copy of Across A Dark and Wild Sea back in 2011.   It is now available through 3rd parties on Amazon.

June 9 is the feast day of St. Columcille.

Amazon description of book ::

Columcille was born in a remote corner of Ireland in the year 521. Legend has it that as a child, he was fed a cake filled with the letters of the alphabet, and so learned to love writing. He grew up to become a monk and a scribe a thousand years before the invention of printing, when books had to be copied by hand.

There was one book, a beautiful volume of psalms from distant Rome, that Columcille especially loved, and even though its owner refused him permission, Columcille secretly copied it. The copy was discovered, and a dispute arose over who it belonged to: Columcille, who made it, or the owner of the original. So better was the argument that a battle was fought between the two men's powerful friends; although Columcille's side won, the victory felt hollow to him. To punish himself, he set out in a tiny boat, vowing to leave Ireland forever.

A revered figure in Celtic history, Columcille (also known as Columbia) founded the famous monastery on the Scottish island of Iona and left a legacy of learning that illuminated a corner of the Dark Ages. History, drama, and a love of books and reading fill a story--told here in exquisite watercolors and deflty understated prose by noted author and artist Don Brown.

A book on a saint is a simple yet enjoyable way to celebrate the feast days.

St. Columcille, pray for us!

~  Patty  ~


  1. I need that book! We actually went to the Isle of Iona on one of our vacations when we lived in Scotland. a scottish way. We took a ferry and walked along to the old monastery. It is still in use, but not by a Catholic order. It is sort of secularized. I believe it is owned by the government now. I am going to look for that book right now! Thanks for sharing!


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