November 23 – St. Columban: Patron Saint against Floods

Saint Columbanus, Patron Saint against Floods (Memorial: November. 23)

Extract from Saint Columbanus: “Well-born, handsome and educated, Columbanus was torn between a desire for God and easy access to the pleasures of the world. Acting on advice of a holy anchoress, he decided to withdraw from the world. His family opposed the choice, his mother going so far as to block the door. He was a monk at Lough Erne. He studied Scripture extensively, and wrote a commentary on the Psalms. He was a monk at Bangor under abbot Saint Comgall. In middle age, Columbanus felt a call to missionary life. With twelve companions (Saint Attala, Columbanus the Younger, Cummain, Domgal, Eogain, Eunan, Saint Gall, Gurgano, Libran, Lua, Sigisbert and Waldoleno), he travelled to Scotland, England, and then to France in 585. The area, though nominally Christian, had fallen far from the faith, but was ready for missionaries, and they had some success. They were warmly greeted at the court of Gontram, and king of Burgundy invited the band to stay. They chose the half-ruined Roman fortress of Annegray in the Vosges Mountains for their new home with Columbanus as their abbot.. . . “ See picture of St. Columbanus and A prayer of St. Columbanus. VIDEO: Saint Columbanus (November 23).

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 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Columban on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Flooding in Russia’s Dagestan Region (October 10, 2010) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 22 – November 4, 2012.

Flooding in Korea (August, 2012) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 13 – August  26, 2012.

Flooding in Tanzania (January 2010) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions – February 1-14,2010.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray. 

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