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Life of St. Columba

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Table of Contents

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Chapter 1

A brief narrative of his great miracles

Chapter 2

Of St. Finten the Abbot, son of Tailchan

Chapter 3

Prophecy of St. Columba regarding Ernene, son of Crasen

Chapter 4

Of the arrival of St Cainnech, the Abbot, who had been previously announced in prophecy by St. Columba

Chapter 5

Of the danger to the holy Bishop Colman Mocusailni in the sea, near the island called Rechru

Chapter 6

Of Cormac

Chapter 7

Prophecy of the blessed man regarding the tumults of battles fought at a distance

Chapter 8

Prophecy of St. Columba regarding the sons of King Aidan

Chapter 9

Prophecy of the Saint regarding two boys, one of whom, according to the Saint's word, died at the end of a week

Chapter 10

Prophecy of the Saint regarding Colca, son of Aid Draignich, sprung from the grandsons of Fechureg, and regarding some secret sin of his mother

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Regarding Laisrean, the gardener, a holy man

Chapter 13

How the Saint knew and told beforehand about a great whale

Chapter 14

Prophecy of the holy man regarding a certain Baitan, who with others sailed in search of a desert in the ocean

Chapter 15

Prophecy of the holy man regarding a certain Neman, who was not a real penitent

Chapter 16

Regarding a certain unhappy man who lay with his mother

Chapter 17

Of the vowel I

Chapter 18

Of the book which fell into the water-vessel, as the Saint had foretold

Chapter 19

Of the inkhorn, awkwardly spilled

Chapter 20

Of the arrival of another guest foretold by the Saint

Chapter 21

Of another man in distress who was crying across the same sound

Chapter 22

The prophecy of the holy man regarding the Roman city, burnt by a sulphurous fire which fell from heaven

Chapter 23

The vision of the blessed man regarding Laisran, son of Feradach

Chapter 24

How Feachna the Wise came as a penitent to St. Columba, as he had foretold

Chapter 25

The Prophecy of the holy man regarding his monk Cailtan

Chapter 26

The foresight and prophecy of the Saint regarding the two brothers who were strangers

Chapter 27

The prophecy of the holy man regarding a certain Artbranan

Chapter 28

Of the boat that was removed by the Saint's order

Chapter 29

Of Gallan, son of Fachtna, who resided in the jurisdiction of Colga, son of Cellach

Chapter 30

Concerning a rich man named Lugud Clodus

Chapter 31

Prophecy of the Saint regarding Neman, son of Gruthrich

Chapter 32

Prophecy of the holy man regarding a certain priest

Chapter 33

The Prophecy of the holy man regarding the robber Erc Mocudruidi, who dwelt in the island Coloso (Colonsay)

Chapter 34

Prophecy of the holy man regarding the poet Cronan

Chapter 35

The holy man's prophecy regarding the two noblemen who died of wounds mutually inflicted

Chapter 1

Of the wine which was formed from water

Chapter 2

Of the bitter fruit of a tree changed into sweet by the blessing of the Saint

Chapter 3

Of corn sown after midsummer and reaped in the beginning of the month of August, at the Saint's prayer, while he was residing in the Iouan island (Hy, now Iona)

Chapter 4

Of a pestilential cloud, and the curing of many

Chapter 5

Of Maugina the holy virgin, daughter of Daimen, who had lived in Clochur, of the sons of Daimen (Clogher)

Chapter 6

Of the cures of various diseases which took place in the Ridge of Ceate (Druimceatt)

Chapter 7

Of a lump of salt blessed by the Saint, which could not be consumed by the fire

Chapter 8

Of a volume of a book in the Saint's handwriting which could not be destroyed by water

Chapter 9

Of water drawn from the hard rock by the Saint's prayers

Chapter 10

Of a poisonous fountain of water to which the blessed man gave his blessing in the country of the Picts

Chapter 11

Of the danger to the blessed man at sea, and the sudden calm produced by his prayers

Chapter 12

Of another similar peril to him at sea

Chapter 13

Of the staff of St. Cainnech which was forgotten in the harbour

Chapter 14

How Baithene and Columban, the son of Beogna, holy priests, asked of the Lord, through the prayers of the blessed man, that he would grant them on the same day a favourable wind, though sailing in different directions

Chapter 15

Of the driving out of a demon that lurked in a milk-pail

Chapter 16

Concerning a Vessel which a sorcerer named Silnan had filled with milk taken from a bull

Chapter 17

Of Lugne Mocumin

Chapter 18

Of the fishes which were specially provided by God for the blessed man

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Regarding Nesan the Crooked, who lived in the country bordering on the Lake of Apors (Lochaber)

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

How the holy man blessed the few cattle belonging to Columban, a man of equally humble condition; and how, after his blessing, they increased to the number of a hundred

Chapter 23

Of the death of some wicked men who had spurned the Saint

Chapter 24

Of a certain Feradach, who was cut off by sudden death

Chapter 25

Concerning a certain other impious man, a persecutor of the churches, who was called in Latin Manus Dextera

Chapter 26

Of yet another oppressor of the innocent

Chapter 27

How a wild boar was destroyed through his prayers

Chapter 28

How an aquatic monster was driven off by virtue of the blessed man's prayer

Chapter 29

How the Saint blessed the soil of this island that no poison of serpents should henceforth hurt any one in it

Chapter 30

Of the knife which the Saint blessed by signing it with the Lord's Cross

Chapter 31

Of the cure of Diormit when sick

Chapter 32

Of the cure of Finten, the son of Aid, when at the point of death

Chapter 33

Of the boy whom the holy man raised from the dead, in the name of the Lord Christ

Chapter 34

Concerning the illness with which the Druid Broichan was visited for his detention of a female slave, and his cure on her release

Chapter 35

Of the manner in which St. Columba overcame Broichan the Druid and sailed against the wind

Chapter 36

Of the sudden opening of the door of the royal fortress of its own accord

Chapter 37

Of a similar unclosing of the Church of the Field of the Two Streams (Tirdaglas, in the county of Tipperary)

Chapter 38

Concerning a certain peasant who was a beggar, for whom, the Saint made and blessed a stake for killing wild beasts

Chapter 39

Concerning a leathern vessel for holding milk which was carried from its place by the ebb, and brought back again by the return of the tide

Chapter 40

The Saint's prophecy regarding Libran, of the Rush-ground

Chapter 41

Concerning a certain little woman who, as a daughter of Eve, was enduring the great and extremely dangerous pains of childbirth

Chapter 42

Of one Lugne, surnamed Tudida, a pilot, who lived on the Rechrean island (either Rathlin or Lambay), and whom, as being deformed, his wife hated

Chapter 43

The prophecy of the blessed man regarding the voyage of Cormac the grandson of Lethan

Chapter 44

How the venerable man made a journey in a chariot which was not secured with the proper linch-pins

Chapter 45

Of the rain which, after some months of drought, the Lord bountifully poured out upon the earth in honour of the blessed man

Chapter 46

Of the unfavourable winds which, through the intercession of our Saint, were changed into propitious breezes

Chapter 47

Concerning the Plague

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Of the Ray of Light which was seen upon the boy's face as he lay asleep

Chapter 3

Of the Apparition of Holy Angels whom St. Brenden saw accompanying the blessed man through the plain

Chapter 4

The blessed man in his journey

Chapter 5

How an Angel of the Lord appeared in a vision to St. Columba while he stayed in the Hinba island (Eilean-na-Naoimh), being sent to him in order that he might appoint Aidan king

Chapter 6

Of the Apparition of Angels carrying to heaven the soul of the blessed Brito

Chapter 7

Concerning the Vision of Angels vouchsafed the same holy man when they were bearing to heaven the soul of one named Diormit

Chapter 8

Of the brave fight of the Angels against the Demons, and how they opportunely assisted the Saint in the same conflict

Chapter 9

Of the Apparition of Angels whom the man of God saw carrying to heaven the soul of a blacksmith, named Columb, and surnamed Coilrigin

Chapter 10

Of a similar vision of Angels whom the blessed man beheld carrying to heaven the soul of a certain virtuous woman

Chapter 11

Of the Apparition of Holy Angels whom St. Columba beheld meeting in its passage the soul of St. Brenden, the founder of the monastery which in Scotic is called Birra (Birr, in King's County)

Chapter 12

Of the Vision of Holy Angels who carried off to heaven the soul of the Bishop, St. Columban Mocu Loigse

Chapter 13

Of the Apparition of Angels who had come down to meet the souls of the monks of St. Comgell

Chapter 14

Of the Manifestation of the Angels who came to meet the soul of one Emchath

Chapter 15

Of the Angel of the Lord that came so quickly and opportunely to the relief of the brother who fell from the top of the round monastery in the Oakwood Plain (Derry)

Chapter 16

Of the multitude of Holy Angels that were seen to come down from heaven at the bidding of the blessed man

Chapter 17

Of the bright Pillar seen to glow upon the Saint's head

Chapter 18

Of the Descent or Visit of the Holy Ghost, which in the same island continued for three whole days and nights with the venerable man

Chapter 19

Of the angelic splendour of the light which Virgnous—a youth of good disposition, and afterwards made by God superior of this Church in which I, though unworthy, now serve—saw coming down upon St. Columba in the Church, on a winter's night, when the brethren were at rest in their chambers

Chapter 20

Of another very similar Vision of great brilliancy

Chapter 21

Of another like Apparition of Divine light

Chapter 22

Of another Vision of Angels whom the Saint saw coming to meet his soul, as if to show that it was about to leave the body

Chapter 23

How our Patron, St. Columba, passed to the Lord