|Columba with dove|
1. It's a good sign if a dove shows up at your baptism. This might seem obvious, given Luke 3: 21-22, but it's probably worth making explicit. Columba was being christened Angelella Guardagnoli, but the sudden appearance of a dove at the baptismal font got her the nickname Columba, the Latin word for dove. She wound up a beata, so that's a pretty good sign.
2. Here's an easy way to decline a marriage proposal. Columba's folks were trying to arrange a marriage, but she had decided to become a nun. When she got a proposal, she cut off her hair and sent it to the suitor. He took the hint, as did her folks.
|Lucretia's wardrobe malfunction|
3. Pilgrimages are easier if you can bilocate. Columba entered an Italian convent at age nineteen, but that did not stop her from touring the Holy Land. Although her body stayed in Italy, her spirit departed for Palestine. She was able to walk the whole Via Dolorosa with no wear and tear on the shoes.
4. Be careful not to become a victim of your own holiness. Folks from the town of Narni, the place after which C.S. Lewis named the land beyond the wardrobe, decided they wanted to have a wonder-working Dominican tertiary in their town. So they organized a posse to kidnap her. Silly Narnians -- she's a miracle-worker! Don't you think she could see a clumsy plan like that unfolding?
|Pope Alexander VI|