His Other Names
I prefer the Irish Columcille, which means Dove of the Church. He was originally named Crimthann, which in Irish means Fox. However, once he was fostered in the church he gained this new name. It’s said he had a temper, so perhaps this name was in jest. It came to fit him with time, however, because he was as devoted to the church as any saint, perhaps more so.
A Character in My Novel
I am wrote about Columcille, and Enya (Eithne) in my book, Enya’s Son. The idea about temperament, how much is inherited and what one can do about it, is something I thought about as I wrote. Nurture vs Nature. Which is strongest? What can be overcome?
Today is St. Columba’s Feast Day. Saints’ Feast Days are the days they died, or it’s believed they died, because that’s the day they received their great reward. If you’d like to know more about St. Columba (or Columcille in Irish) here’s a site to visit. There are more resources at the end if you’d like to dig deeper.