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ISBN13: 9781856071741

ISBN10: 185607174X

Publisher: Columba Press

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  • Celtic Spirituality is often spoken of as something ancient, remote and in need of re-discovery. John J O R?¡ord?íin, however, speaks of it as a lived experience even in modern Ireland. Reading some of the literary legacy of the Blasket Islands, including Peig Sayers, leads one to ask From where does all this spiritual richness spring? The question leads to an investigation of the Celtic world as it emerged on continental Europe around 1000 BC, to the Celts eventual absorption of the Christian message in the Ireland of the fifth century, the blossoming of what is now called Celtic spirituality during the early middle ages, and its survival down to the present day.

    Fr O R?¡ord?íin speaks of one of the key characteristics of both Christian and pre-Christian Celtic spirituality as being its communal emphasis. For Christians, this community life is further enhanced by a keen awareness of being part of a greater community of saints gathered around the throne of Goodness, ever united in praising and thanking the creator God who is revealed in Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Against this background, living reflectively in the present moment makes sweet music of everything that happens.
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