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Bl. Columba Marmion - Joy is the Echo

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Blessed Columba Marmion O.S.B., was the third abbot of Maredsous Abbey in Belgium and a noted spiritual author and retreat master. He died in 1923 and was beatified as a Blessed of the Church by Pope John Paul II on September 3, 2000. His feast day is observed on October 3, the date of his blessing as abbot.

As an Irish diocesan priest in the Dublin Archdiocese he felt called to the monastic way of life.  He entered Maredsous Abbey several years after being ordained a priest. In 1909 he was elected abbot of Maredsous Abbey and served in that capacity until his death on January 30, 1923. He authored three books based upon his extensive retreats. These works give a deep insight into his spirituality: Christ, the Life of the Soul (1917), Christ in His Mysteries (1919), and Christ the Ideal of the Monk (1922).  His is a spirituality centered on Christ and our divine adoption as children of God. These works have been translated into many languages and are considered spiritual classics.

Beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 3, 2000, Marmion was one of the most popular and influential Catholic writers of the 20th century.