June 9th is the Feast Day of St Columba. We, in the North West of Ireland, are part of a rich and shared Columban heritage.
In Gartan, where the saint was born, there is a Celtic cross inscribed with Columba’s last words: ‘Preserve with each other sincere charity and peace.’
Christians – whatever our denomination – have so much more in common than divides us, and Columba’s words are as relevant today as they were on his deathbed in 597 AD.
Happy St Columba’s Day.