In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from the Instructions by St. Columbanus, abbot (540-615 A.D.). From our friends at Universalis.com: Columbanus was born in Ireland before the middle of the sixth century. He was a monk from his youth and was learned in both sacred and secular literature. At the age of 45 he left Ireland and went to Europe, where he founded three monasteries in what is now France. His monastic rule was strict, based on Irish practice. Columbanus’s writings are among the earliest evidence of Irish knowledge of Latin. His style combines an underlying passion with a strong and rhythmic rhetorical structure. For a reflection, "You, God, are everything to us" please click on the image. Peace be with you!