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While I have made significant progress in my ‘taking the habit’ journey, today I want to share some revelation I’ve had regarding another part of my calling. Taking the discipline of the Hours, (also known as the Daily Office), was part of my monastic journey I tried to jump into right away.  Early research informed […]

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Each individual [hermit], as indeed each monastic community, went it’s own way.  Celtic monasticism carried no stereotype. …There is a traditional story of a discussion between the heads of two monasteries about the virtues of celibacy [for monks] or not, to which the reply was that neither should claim superiority since everyone would get to […]

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I’ve been on a Celtic Christian-based monastic path since 2011.  Shortly after stumbling across this Trinity-centric, wonderfully earthy, and at the same time mystical expression of the Christian faith, I was hooked. Never ‘fitting right’ in regular church, I am still astonished that there exists a way of faith so utterly in line with who […]

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A brother asked Abba Poeman, ‘Some brothers live with me; do you want me to be in charge of them?’ The old man said ‘No, just work first and foremost, and if they want to live like you, they will see to it themselves.’ The brother said ‘But it is they themselves, Abba, who want […]

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Here is a link to Teresa of Avila’s book, The Interior Castle.  You can read it online, download it, put it on a mobile device, or listen to it.  http://www.ccel.org/ccel/teresa/castle2.html From the brief introduction: …She wrote Interior Castle as a spiritual guide to union with God. Her inspiration for the work came from a vision […]

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Although it’s not been overtly stated, St Columba is extremely special to me. This very blog was named in honour of him, and in hope of one day emulating him.  He was trained in his youth by a Christian Bard and Theologian called Gemman.  He loved the Psalms, often repeating all 150 in a single […]

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Recent inquiries have shown that it is not as obvious as we would like that women, equally with men, are welcome in the Christian Mystic Order of Viriditas as Monks of Viriditas.  Women in spiritual vocations, including leadership roles guiding both men and women, was a normal way of being in early Celtic Christianity. In […]

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I’ve been ill the last few days, and starting to find my rhythm again. The Daily Office, or Praying the Hours is my anchor in this.  These times set apart to God are the stalwart stones around which the rest of my life flows. The nature of how I spend these times has altered over […]

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It’s no secret that the Celtic Christian worldview is a joy to me.  I have by no means fully integrated it as my own, but I get a little nearer every day.  I believe it could be a blessing to many others as well.  This worldview is inclusive and can be embraced by Christians from […]

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  More basic contemplation resources are Centering Prayer and some tools from Ignatian Spirituality.  A brief description of each is below, but clicking the links above will get you more infomation.

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