Saint Columba was an Irish monk and missionary best known for founding monasteries all over Ireland and the spread of Christianity in Scotland. He founded an influential abbey on the island of Iona, which served as one of the centers of Christianity in the British isles for many centuries.
Although the date of Columba’s death cannot be known for certain, the traditional date is June 9, 597. So, in honor of his amazing life and ministry, today’s prayer comes from him.
Be thou a bright flame before me,
Be thou a guiding star above me,
Be thou a smooth path below me,
Be thou a kindly shepherd behind me,
Today – tonight – and forever.