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Life of st. Columba or Columbkille, translated

by Adamnan (st, abbot of Hy.)


According to the promise already given, I shall commence this book with a brief account of the evidence which the venerable man gave of his miraculous powers. By the efficacy of his prayers, and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, he healed persons suffering under various diseases; he alone by the assistance of God, expelled from this island, now the head of his order,* innumerable hosts of malignant spirits, whom he saw with his corporal eyes assailing himself, and beginning to send mortal distempers on his monastic brotherhood. Partly by mortification, and partly by powerful resistance, he subdued with the assistance of Christ, the furious rage of wild beasts. The surging waves, at one time rolling mountains high in a great tempest, became at his prayer, calm and smooth, and his ship, in which he then happened to be, came safely to anchor, as the storm ceased.

When returning from the country of thePicts,f where he

* For a good map of this famous island of Iona, and a compendium of its long and flourishing ecclesiastical history, see Adamnan's life of St. Columba, edited by Dr. Reeves, for the Irish Archaeological and Celtic Society. On the transmission of the abbacy in one family. See note B. Appendix.

t The name of a tribe in Scotland, distinguished into northern and southern Picts, of whom St. Columba converted the former from paganism to the Catholic faith. There were many tribes of the same name in different partsof Ireland.

had been for some time, he confounded the Druids by hoisting his sail when the wind was against him, and making as rapid a voyage as if the gale had been favorable. On other occasions also his prayers changed contrary into favorable winds. In that same country, he took a white stone from the river's bed, and blessed it for the cure of certain diseases; and that stone, contrary to the ordinary law of nature, floats like an apple when placed in the water. This divine miracle was worked in presence of King Brude and of his household.* In the same country he performed a still greater miracle, by raising to life the son of an humble Christian, and restoring him in life and vigor to his father and mother. At another time, while the holy man was yet a young deacon in Ireland, residing with the sainted bishop Finnbar,')" the wine required for the sacred mysteries failing, he changed by his prayers pure water into genuine wine.| -An immense blaze of heavenly light was on many and different occasions seen by some of the brethern surrounding him, in the light of day as well as in the darkness of the night. He was also favoured with the delightful and most sweet society of bright hosts of the holy angels. He often saw by the revelation of the Holy Ghost the souls of some just men carried by angels to the highest heavens. The reprobates too he often saw carried to hell by demons. He foretold

* In the 9th year of the reign of Brude, King of the Picts, St. Columha arrived in Britain, Bede, Hist. Eccles, Lib. 3. cap. 4.

t Same name as Finnian; there were two famous saints of that name in Ireland, Finnian of Moville, and Finnian of Clonard. Trias Thaum. p. 372, n. 14.

J Calvin, though he insisted so much on giving communion under both kinds to the laity, decided against the voice of all Christendom that in case of necessity, beer or cider could be used. Fiorimond. Remond, Hist. Hturcsum.

the future destiny, sometimes happy, and sometimes unhappy, of many persons while living in mortal flesh. In the dreadful tumult of war, he obtained from God, by his prayers, that some kings should be conquered, and that other kings should come off victorious. And this great privelege he enjoyed, not only while dwelling in this mortal life, but even after his departure from the world, God from whom all the saints derive their honour, making him still in heaven a most powerful and victorious patron in the day of battle.* I will give one example of this favor conferred by Almighty God on our honored saint: it occurred the day before Oswald, the Saxon king was going to meet in battle Cathluon,t a very valiant British king. For as this same Oswald, after pitching his camp on the eve of the engagement, was sleeping on his pillow in his tent, lie saw St. Columba in a vision, beaming with angelic brightness, and of figure so majestic, that he seemed to reach the skies. The holy man having announced his name to the king, stood in the midst of the camp, protecting the whole entrenchments, around with his brilliant garment, except at one small point; and at the same time pronounced the cheering words, the same which the Lord spoke to Josuah Ben Nun, before the passage of the Jordan, after the death of Moses, "saying" only take thou courage and do manfully." Jos. chap. i. v. 18.

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