The Life of Saint Columba Apostle of Scotland


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Saint Columba (521 – 597) was an Irish abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland. He founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries. He is the Patron Saint of Derry. He was highly regarded by both the Gaels of Dál Riata and the Picts, and is remembered today as a Christian saint and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.

Columba reportedly studied under some of Ireland's most prominent church figures and founded several monasteries in the country. Around 563 he and his twelve companions crossed to Dunaverty near Southend, Argyll in Kintyre before settling in Iona in Scotland, then part of the Irish kingdom of Dál Riata, where they founded a new abbey as a base for spreading Christianity among the northern Pictish kingdoms who were pagan. He remained active in Irish politics, though he spent most of the remainder of his life in Scotland. Three surviving early medieval Latin hymns may be attributed to him. - Summary by Wikipedia (2 hr 23 min)

Chapters

Preface 5:00 Read by MaryAnn
Child of the Mountain and the Lake 10:20 Read by MaryAnn
The Schooling of a Saint 11:24 Read by MaryAnn
Derry and Durrow 13:52 Read by Sandra Cullum
The Cow and the Calf 12:43 Read by Sandra Cullum
A Bitter Penance 12:02 Read by Sandra Cullum
The Isle in the Western Seas 15:07 Read by Sandra Cullum
The Apostle of Scotland 13:48 Read by Sandra Cullum
The Convention of Drum-Ceatt 13:05 Read by Sandra Cullum
For Christ and His Love 13:02 Read by Sandra Cullum
The Gift of Vision 11:35 Read by Sandra Cullum
The Light Eternal 11:13 Read by Phil Chenevert

Reviews

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(4 stars)

interesting! And the readers are pretty good. I knew very little about this man. Some of the book is a bit too "hagiographic" to my taste. But I suppose the sources that we have on him are quite limited to that type of information.


(5 stars)

Well read and a story that stirs my heart to go on a pilgrimage both inwardly of more prayer and to the island of Iona.

The Life of St Columba


(5 stars)

A beautiful reading of a beautiful story. St Columba intercede on our behalf. Amen.

wonderful reading!


(5 stars)

both readers were clear and loud. a wonderful biography


(5 stars)

very good little book. very interesting and well read