On this day - June 9
1891 - Birthday of Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist.
1934 - Donald Duck debuts in The Wise Little Hen.
1954 - Janet Brown, age 16, and a 13-year-old friend of East Dandenong, Victoria heard a loud noise at 6:20 p.m. and saw a large, dark object that "burst into light" hovering 20 meters away at the height of a factory gate. It was cylindrical, 10 meters long, 5 meters high, with a canopy on top. It flew away and was lost to sight behind some trees. (Sources: Harold Wilkins, Flying Saucers Uncensored, p. 216; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 207).
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Patron Saint - Saint Columba - Gaelic missionary monk who helped reintroduce Christianity to Scotland during the Dark Ages. One of the three patron saints of Ireland (although born in Scotland) along with Saint Patrick, March 17, and Saint Brigid, February 1. His baptismal name was Colum, which signifies a dove, hence the latinized form Columba.
After spending some years among the Scots, Columba began the great work of his life. Together with St. Comgall and St. Canice (Kenneth) he visited King Brude in his royal residence near Inverness. Admittance was refused to the missionaries, and the gates were closed and bolted, but before the sign of the cross the bolts flew back, the doors stood open, and the monks entered the castle.
Awe-struck by so evident a miracle, the king listened to Columba with reverence; and was baptized. The people soon followed the example set them, and thus was inaugurated a movement that extended itself to the whole of Caledonia. Opposition was not wanting, and it came chiefly from the Druids, who officially represented the paganism of the nation.
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Also Patron Saint of book binders and poets, and known for protection against floods, as well as many other miracles.
O Lord, grant us that love which can never die, which will enkindle our lamps but not extinguish them, so that they may shine in us and bring light to others. Most dear Savior, enkindle our lamps that they may shine forever in your temple. May we receive unquenchable light from you so that our darkness will be illuminated and the darkness of the world will be made less. Amen.Saint Columba