Jun 23, 2006

The Ribbon of Life

A few weeks ago I went to an author talk given by novelist Juilene Osborne-McKnight. She does a great presentation with storytelling and songs. If you're not familiar with her work, visit Her site

She spoke about the Irish belief that the boundary between the now and the everafter is not a constant. She compared it to a fluid ribbon, ever rippling in both directions.

I think it's an interesting philosophy--that we are never far from Heaven and Heaven is never far from us. And yet, because we cannot cross that line, it seems unreachable at times. But then, just when we give up ever thinking we can experience crossing that spiritual divide, something happens. A unexpected blessing, a healing, a sudden revelation about something we've been pondering. In those moments, we know. We just know. That ribbon has fluctuated and we've had a glimpse of something beyond the world we know all too well.

Have a good week!

Jun 16, 2006

Updates on Fridays!

Beginning today, I will make Fridays my update days, both here and on my Web sites. Check back on Fridays to see what's new! (You may want to wait until late in the day.)

I'm interested in hearing what people are reading in relation to Celtic Spirituality. I have a stack of books on my desk right now waiting for me. I will get to them but first I'm reading some friends' new books: Sharon Hinck's The Secret Life of Becky Miller and John DeSimone's Leonardo's Chair.

But, waiting in the wings (in no particular order):
Celtic Christianity by Ian Bradley
Bright Sword of Ireland by Juilene Osborne-McKnight (I think I've actually already read this one so it will be a re-read.)
Every Earthly Blessing by Esther De Waal
Climbing Brandon by Chet Raymo
Malachy McCourt's History of Ireland

Wow, I can't wait to get to these. Anyone read any of these and like to comment? Have others you are reading or would like to recommend? Speak up!!

Jun 14, 2006

Monasterboice ©Cindy Thomson
Celtic, Irish, Scottish?

I've had people ask me what Celtic means. I've heard people call anything Irish or Scottish Celtic. I think there are many misconceptions about what connotates Celtic and that includes defining Celtic Christianity or Celtic Spirituality.

The truth is, the Celts were a race of people that moved through western Europe and into Ireland in ancient times. Their influence is left all over Ireland and Great Britian. More about the history of the Celts can be found here: http://snipurl.com/rrzl

For my purposes, I'll define Celtic as what most people think of as Celtic: the influence of Irish, Scottish, and Welsh cultures.

I apologize for not having much content lately, but that will change. Stay tuned for discussions on Celtic spirituality in books, news, and opinions (yours and mine.)