Category: celtic christianity

Welsh coast on a sunny day with a transparent welsh flag in the foreground. Text read “Wales 2018: Journey Through Thin Spaces

Going to Wales!

For those of you who don’t know, I’m headed off to Wales, UK, in just two short weeks.   Ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to visit this land of Merlin and Arthur, of castles and coracles, of monasteries and pilgrimages, of paganism and Christianity. My last name is Thomas (rather Welsh, wouldn’t you say?) and, if the…

6 Celtic Christian Prayer Postures To Help Us Resume Our Practice

Evangelicalism taught me how to pray using my own words; agnosticism taught me to pray using community; paganism taught me to pray in and through nature; and Lutheranism taught me how to pray using a liturgy. So many traditions all woven together to form a rather spectacular tapestry within me. And even with all of these colourful prayer rugs hooked…

Background of a green and red flower with a quote in the foreground: "Let my life be rooted in the ground of your peace, O God, let me be rooted in the depths of your peace. ~ from CELTIC BENEDICTION by J. Philip Newell"

Stillness Is Not Inaction

In the busyness of this day grant me a stillness of seeing, O God. In the conflicting voices of my heart grant me a calmness of hearing. Let my seeing and hearing my words and my actions be rooted in a silent certainty of your presence. Let my passions for life and the longings for justice that stir within me…

Stonehenge on a bright sunny day with text against a blue sky that reads: "Sunlight, firelight, heat, flame - they last for a miniature eternity, piercing through all darkness bringing healing, illumination, and life."

Sacred Fire: Letting Go on the Summer Solstice

It’s time again for the summer solstice — Litha, Alban Heruin, Midsummer. The axial tilt of our earth is the nearest to the sun as it will ever be during the entire year. In Celtic lore, the four albans mark the two solstices as well as the two equinox days. Alban Heruin marks the celebration of the peak of summer…

On The Feast of St. Columcille

1. Aoibhinn dom bheith air cnoc oileáin Ar barr carraige Go bhféacha mé minic ar an fharraige ciúin. Delightful to me to be on an island hill, on the crest of a rock, that I might often watch the quiet sea. 2. Go bhféacha mé na dtonnta troma Os cionn an t-uisce geal mar canann siad Ceol chig a n-Athair…

Pentecost

  A GHEALACH UR [54] An ainm Spiorad Naomh nan gras An ainm Athar na Cathrach aigh, An ainm Iosa thug dhinn am bas, O! an ainm na Tri tha d’ ar dion’s gach cas, Ma’s math a fhuair thu sinn an nochd, Seachd fearr gum fag thu sinn gun lochd, A Ghealach gheal nan trath, A Ghealach gheal nan…

Samhain 2017: Thoughts & Suggestions

Long ago I relinquished the fear-based religion that taught me that everything outside literal, inerrant Bible interpretations was to be avoided and branded as evil. Everything was a threat: culture, music, dancing, other religions, LGBTQ+ people. And Halloween. To be honest, I have my own reasons to abstain from 21st century North American’s Halloween: our sheer consumption of fabric, sugar,…

Ephemera: It’s Time To Celebrate The First Day Of The Celtic Advent Season

Choosing to intentionally and slowly celebrate Advent has been a godsend for me in reclaiming the Mystery of Christmas. In the face of overwhelming consumerism, fake displays, fake snow, fake angels, fake light, quiet darkness has been the healing candle guiding my tired footsteps towards a new, hushed morning.

Ephemera: New Month And The ‘Salmon Of Knowledge’ Story — Tadhg Talks…

Have I mentioned how much I’m enjoying sharing Tadhg Talks these days? Wander on over and check out Jonathan’s blog! Tomorrow is the start of the new month. Ancient Celts, prior to Roman occupation, operated a calendar consisting of thirteen months, named after trees. Tomorrow, 5 august is the first day of the month of the Hazel, and that will…

Lammas Thanks 2016 — Tadhg Talks…

Another great post from Jonathan Tadhg. Today we give thanks for the harvest being brought in — wherever we are in the world & whatever our crops may be. And we choose once again to see God in all things, all seasons, & cycles, interacting, creating, calling, responding, nurturing, and even yielding. Read on… In gratitude, do we come to…