The Celtic Christians beheld the world around them and perceived the divine life of God upholding every aspect of the material universe. Their prayers and poems, their liturgies and their theological texts give Christians a sense of faith that is confident in a merciful and infinitely creative, healing God.
In this introduction to Celtic Christian spirituality, Mary C. Earle presents the primary texts from the Celtic Christian tradition – selections from the writings of Pelagius, Eriugena and St Patrick, as well as prayers and poems from Wales, the Outer Hebrides and Ireland. These essential texts direct humanity to read the ‘book of creation’ as well as the book of scripture, and call us to remember that ‘matter matters’. The author’s engaging facing-page commentary explores how faithful Christians and spiritual seekers use the writings of this lively tradition as ways of embodying and living the gospel.
Mary C. Earle
Mary C. Earle, an Episcopalian priest, retreat leader and spiritual director, is the author of The Desert Mothers, also published by SPCK, and co-author of Holy Companions and Praying with the Celtic Saints. She has offered retreats and classes on the Celtic Christian tradition for over twenty years, in college, conference and national settings.
With uncanny grace and deftness . . . [weaves] the soul-wrenching beauty of Celtic spirituality and the joy of contextual understanding into a seamless and deeply satisfying whole. The result, like the biblical Psalter itself, is a loving companion for all the times and seasons of our lives.
- Phyllis Tickle, compiler of The Divine Hours