COLUMBA (Saint) Virgin Martyr (September 17) (9th century) A Spanish nun, whose monastery, near Cordova, having been destroyed by the Moorish invaders, took refuge with her sisters in the city. But afterwards, burning with the desire to die for Christ, she of her own accord presented herself before the Cadi and reproached him publicly with his adherence to the False Prophet, Mohammed. She paid for her boldness with her life. She was beheaded (giving a gold piece to her excutioner) and her body thrown into the Guadalquivir (A.D. 853). It was rescued and honourably interred by Saint Eulogius, himself afterwards crowned with martyrdom.