Today is the liturgical memorial of Blessed Columba Marmion (1858-1923), priest, monk and abbot. Born in Dublin, served as curate in Dundrum, Ireland. Entered the Abbey of Maredsous, Belgium, 1886. Elected as abbot, he received his abbatial blessing in 1909.

Marmion’s spiritual writings were among the most influential of the 20th Century. His writings are considered to be spiritual classics. It is reported that St John Paul had Marmion’s writings in his private library.

In the USA, there is an abbey under the patronage of Blessed Columba, Marmion Abbey (www.marmion.org). Let’s pray for the monks, oblates and students there.