Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

Blessed Columba of Rieti: A Saint of Simple Purity

Bl. Columba was born of the feast of the Purification and was named Angela.  But as during the ceremony of her baptism a dove was seen to alight on her head, she was usually called Columba (Dove) and by this name she is best known, and it truly expresses the purity of her life.

At the age of ten she consecrated herself to God by a vow of virginity and kept it, in spite of the most terrible assaults of the demon, by applying herself continually to prayer and penance.  She founded a monastery of the Order at Perugia which she dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena.  It was intended to carry on there the education of young girls of noble family.  Bl. Columba understood well that these girls, once they were raised above their little vanities and luxuries and imbued with a truly Christian spirit, would exercise a wide and happy influence amidst their social surroundings.

Bl. Columba’s last words were: “Lord, my sweet Lord, receive me.”

Prayer: Bl. Columba, obtain for me the gift of simplicity.

Practice: Thank God for the good education you have received, a benefit you will not be able entirely to appreciate until judgment day.

From “Saints and Saintly Dominicans: Daily Reflections on Their Lives”, edited by Rev. Thomas a Kempis Reilly, O.P. (1915).

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