Lent Madness: Meister Eckhart vs. Columba

March 8, 2016 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Meister Eckhart vs. Columba


About today’s match up from Lent Madness:

Our trek into saintly Quirks and Quotes continues with Meister Eckhart taking on Columba. To make it to the Saintly Sixteen Eckhart somehow managed to defeat Drogo, the patron saint of coffee, while Columba snuck past Kateri Tekakwitha in the closest encounter (of the saintly kind) of Lent Madness 2016.

Yesterday’s results:

Yesterday, Albert Schweitzer made it past Methodius 56% to 44% to claim his spot in the Elate Eight. He’ll face the winner of Roch vs. Julian of Norwich.

We at St. Luke’s overwhelmingly voted for Schweitzer who trounced Methodius 83%.

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.

meister-eckhartMeister Eckhart

“The eye, with which I see God, is the same eye with which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are only one eye and one seeing and one knowing and one love.”

So taught Meister Eckhart, Dominican friar, professor, preacher, teacher, and mystic.

Eckhart received his formal schooling from the University of Paris, the greatest institution of higher education in late 13th century Europe. However, Eckhart’s work of preaching and providing spiritual counsel to the Dominican nuns of Saxony was not a one-way street; his informal education came from the women whom he conversed with on spiritual matters, and his writings show a familiarity with the mystical mothers of the Rhineland including Hadewijch and Mechtild of Magdeburg Read more here.


Columba was the founder of the abbey at Iona–the center of Celtic Christian activity through the Middle Ages and beyond. According to several sources, Columba was initially baptized Crimthan, which means “The Fox.” However, as he grew up, his patient and loving demeanor didn’t fit his name, so he was renamed Columba, which means “The Dove.” Despite his name change, Columba cut an arresting figure: “He was a striking figure of great stature and powerful build, with a loud, melodious voice which could be heard from one hilltop to another.”

The two battles that he was involved in really did pain him. It was Columba himself who suggested his exile to Scotland to the council of monks–vowing that he would go forth and convert all the world in order to make penance for those he had hurt, and never again see Ireland. He chose Iona as a settling place because it had no view of the Irish coast, as opposed to the first island where he landed....Read more here.

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