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The Irish Saint in my Novel

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The One I’m Currently Writing Anyway

Today, June 9, is the Feast of St. Columba. In Irish his name is Columcille, meaning “Dove of the Church.”

His mother was like Hannah of the Bible in that she prayed desperately for a child. When he was born, she fostered him to the church much like Hannah did for her son Samuel. There was probably an intent by the monks who wrote the story down to make that comparison, but it fascinates me true or not. And that’s all it takes sometimes to get my novelist mind turning.

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If you’d like to know more about Saint Columcille, I’ve written a blog post that links to a previous one. Go here.

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