Oil Dedicated to St Columba (Patron against Floods)
St Columba (Patron against Floods) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Columba, also known as Columba of Iona, was an Irish monk and missionary who lived from 521 to 597 AD. He is revered as a saint by the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, and is considered one of the three patron saints of Ireland, along with St. Patrick and St. Brigid.
Columba was born into an aristocratic family in County Donegal, Ireland, and received a good education. He entered the monastery at Clonard at a young age, and later ordained a priest.
Columba best known for his missionary work in Scotland. In 563, he and twelve companions sailed from Ireland to the island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland. There, they established a monastery that became a center of learning and evangelization.
Columba known for his zeal in spreading the Gospel, and his many miracles and prophecies. He also a prolific writer and scribe, and credited with many important works of Celtic Christianity.
Columba’s influence extended beyond Scotland, and he involved in political and religious affairs throughout the British Isles. He was a close friend of the Pictish king, Bridei, and was instrumental in the conversion of the Picts to Christianity.
Columba died on June 9, 597, at the age of 76. He remembered as a great evangelist and scholar, and his legacy of devotion to God and love for the people of Scotland continues to inspire Christians today. The island of Iona remains an important pilgrimage site for Christians. And the monastery that Columba founded there still exists, although in a much-altered form.