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Celtic Christian Spirituality: Essential Writings

Mary C. Earle has offered retreats and classes on the Celtic Christian tradition for more than 20 years in seminary, conference and national settings.

Book coverIn this collection of passages from a variety of sources, she explains and notes some of the themes in the writings of these avid believers: the gift of seeing God as present in everyday activities such as tending to the fire in one's home, taking care while doing chores, and being sure to glorify God at the beginning and at the end of the day.

Here is an example: "In the morning light, O God, may I glimpse again your image deep within me, the threads of eternal glory woven into the fabric of every man and woman" (from John Philip Newell, 21st-century Celtic practitioner).

Another practice of these early Christians was to lavish attention and care on the natural world. And the third duty of a Celtic Christian was to walk the talk of love, faith and hope.

There are many selections from the "Carmina Gadelica," a six-volume collection of poems, hymns and songs compiled by Andrew Carmichael around the end of the 19th century. Here's to you, dear reader: "God's blessing be yours/and well may it befall you" (SkyLight Paths).


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