St Columba & Iona

The ” fox” theme continues this year as I was fortunate to go on a Pilgrimage to the sacred Isle of Iona off the western coast of Scotland. It’s a small island, an ancient holy place which became the site of a Christian monastic settlement in the mid 600’s led by the Irish monk Columba. I just learned that his name means ” fox” in Gaelic. Iona became a center of spirituality, teaching and art.

These lovely columns are in the Abbey Cloister where we pilgrims met each day. Several of the original columns still exist from the 1100’s Although this painting shows modern reproductions, the columns are lovely with their carvings of native plants, lending their beauty to a sheltered walking space in the old abbey.

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