Jonas comments on Columban. ‘As the sun adds splendour to the dawn, so the Church receives added lustre with each new saint.’
A Prayer attributed to Saint Columban.
‘Lord God, cut down and root out whatever the Adversary plants in me. With my sins cleared away may you sow good sense in my mind, and goodness in my heart, so that I can seek you and serve you completely in word and deed, and understand how to carry out Christ’s will. Grant thoughtfulness, grant love, grant purity, grant faith; give me all that you know will help my soul. Lord, work good in me and provide me with what you know I need. Amen.’
St Columban, Sermon IX
Let us live for Christ, who while dying restored our life. Let us die to ourselves and live to Christ. Let us not be proud, haughty, or undisciplined, but humble, kindly, and courteous, so that Christ may reign in our hearts.
Let us be Christ’s, and not our own, for we are not our own, for we were bought at a great price, a very great price, when the Lord was given for a slave, a King for a servant, and God for humankind.
Let us fight against our faults, that we may be crowned elsewhere, disdain passing things, and seek what is to come, seek life without end, and so exchange blessing for misery, joy for sorrows, heaven for earth.
May Christ our Lord deign to grant us this who with the Father and the Holy Spirit is one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Catechism of the Catholic Church
CHAPTER ONE – MAN’S CAPACITY FOR GOD
- The Desire for God (in part) click link: Catechism of the Catholic Church