The Celtic Journey or Pilgrimage and retreat 5 S.3

3) Passion for God/Christ and life. To seek out wholeness.

Connection to God, comes out of our passion and purpose, and a connection to people and nature. Scripture states that the Lord has plans to prosper you not harm, plans to give you hope for the future (Jeremiah 29:11).There has to be a connection with the Celtic saints or one or two particular people that are Christ-centric / focusing on Jesus, having him at the center of every aspect of their life. If you are not Christian, find a role model who you aspire to be like, and who is a good example that allow your passions to surface. The Anam Cara personality mentioned in a previous section of this booklet.

The Holy Spirit your inner guide that guides, and supports you in your purpose, that which is right, gives peace, and gives you joy. The Spirit will guide you to live out you purpose. Being in purpose causes you to be in constant contact with your inner guide. Giving a flow to your life, and a satisfaction and fulfilment, when you walk in your life role.

Have you come to terms with your life role! Do the following exercise “My purpose is too _______________ put your name create a purpose statement. Keep it short enough to commit to memory. Make sure to include how your purpose will touch others.” To have an awareness of the sacred, and  those things that give life, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is about discovering what makes you feel whole? Fills you with joy. The seed that is growing needs to be watered with encouragement, so that confidence, faith, and hope are sustained and nurtured. The first step is saying yes, giving yourself permission to be released into life.

The Lord desired to be with Adam and Eve and came to enquire at the end of the day, a loving enquiry out of desire to communicate and this was out of care for that which God created. Knowing even when a sparrow falls, and even knowing our sitting, standing, and when we even sleep, and we cannot run and hide from God.  The Divine being is the one who knows and wants to know us intimately and delights for us to have a passion, to have a joy filled and fulfilling life. A enriched life, a full of joy life, as life is ultimately to be lived, a daily experience of flow, this comes from being aware of our spiritual needs, aware of our personal growth, looking to see if transformation and restoration is taking place in our lives. 

Are we seeking after the Spiritual the things of the Spirit? This “for the Celt Christian, Rodney Newman suggests, salvation is not a matter of changing human beings into different people, from worthless to worthy. Salvation is the restoration, or recovery of the person God created us to be in the first place.” Pg 103 David Cole Lent Book

There has to be an encounter that is experiential and meaningful, that touches the persons at their present need, by allowing for the passion and presence of the Spirit to be tangible to allow for a life transformation to occur. This begins by drawing close to the divine, having a heart that seeks for the spiritual. A modern translation states that blessed are those who recognize their spiritual need… for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. Matthew 5: 1-10. Manga Bible.

We are all needy people, needing a connection with each other and with the divine. This connection will encourage us into righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, this is the kingdom of God. To feeling right about your life being purposeful, having a peace, and as a result of this, a joy about life will surfaces, as we walk out our purpose.

 Life is a pilgrimage, a journey that you take, and you take you, with you. You can’t leave yourself behind.

Know yourself, what is going on in your life at this present moment?

What is the first thing that comes to mind, the undercurrent or the item in the background running consciously or unconsciously. Does is create apprehensions, and then there are people, and aspects of your life you will miss. What are excited about going, and what are you grateful and thankful for? Ponder, reflect, commit these joys and concerns to the spirit who is constantly at work in your life.

All the inner stuff of the heart is carried with you, there is no escaping yourself, you have to come to terms with who you are and what you are to be about. Then there is those who you will hang out with, for those you hang out with, is ultimately what you will become like. This is just with association with them, are they your encouragement and cheerleaders as you walk through life? (Anam Cara or Anam Chairde) The journey a lot of the time is difficult, trying to come to terms with were we fit in and find our place of significance, connection, and belonging. We carry a lot of baggage, we have to learn how to travel light. Not taking the things that are extras and are not of necessity.

Fenelon, the seventeenth – century spiritual master, put it well: A traveler who is marching across a vast plain sees nothing ahead of him but a slight rise which ends in the distant horizon. When he tops this rise, he finds a new stretch of country as vast as the first. Thus, in the way of self – renunciation, we think we see everything at once. We think we are holding nothing back, and that we are not clinging to ourselves or anything else. We should rather die than hesitate to make a complete sacrifice. But in the daily rounds, God constantly shows us new countries. We find in our hearts a thousand things which we would have sworn were not there. God only shows them to us as He makes them appear. It’s like an abscess which bursts. The moment when it bursts is the only one which horrifies us. Before this we were carrying it without feeling it, and we did not think we had it. When it was hidden, we thought that we were healthy and quite as we should be. When it breaks we smell the stench of the pus? The break is healthy, although it is painful and disgusting. Each one of us carries in the depth of his heart a mass of filth, which would make us die of shame if God should show us all its poison and horror.” 

Celtic Christian Spirituality is about being present in the moment, being open to the Wild Goose or the Holy Spirit as we may be more familiar of knowing the third member of the Trinity. It is about a transformation of the heart, this happens when we are open to the flow of blessing that has been given, we have a choice to choose from blessing or curse. This is why there are many prayer or blessings open to the positive and there was also the negative supernatural forces, thus the reason for the lorica or caim prayers for protection against evil and the reason for the feeling of melancholy in their music. This highlights that these people do have an awareness of the mix of darkness and light. This can been seen in their art, because of the hardships and harsh conditions in life. The vivid colours in the illuminated manuscripts, demonstrate there is hope in knowing a creative life giving God, who is slow to anger, who is a loving divine being, who is light, who gives this illumination and inspiration, and this pursuit of good or favor is interwoven in our being physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

In this period of time in the history, the Celts had a great awareness of the finite and mortal nature of life, conscious of how fragile and of the dangers that threaten life. There are uncertainties, and how they are vulnerable, and there is always a possible threat of attack, from another tribe. Then there is the possibility of failed crops, these being some of the very reason for the need of prayers of protection. Seeking the favor, blessing, and protections from the trinity, to allow that which is separating them and us today from presence of the divine, to draw close and push away what is hindering and re-establish connection and blessing once more. There was an interconnection with the physical and spiritual realm and sacred places and spaces, knowing there was places that were known to be hallowed ground and location that were known as “Thin Places” were the connection was palpable and real, this intersection with the divine and the human.

“For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” Ephesians 2:10  NRSV                         

Can you imagine you have walked and talked with God in heaven agreeing on your role to play, and that it was recorded in your book of life? Is it possible that every moment was laid out before us before a single day had passed, we agreed on this journey together, and now it is our quest to remember, we get glimpses given by the Lord, God knows the outcome! These glimpses we record in our journal, to remember, as we can so easily forget. We at times do forget, not remembering to believe, to have faith, and remind ourselves, that all things are possible for those who believe, we do need a friend to bring things to mind, this is the wild goose, helping us to enter into what we are destined to accomplish. To bring us to a place of fulfilment, joy, purpose, and accomplishment of our life role.

We can have confidence in the knowledge that, we can say. You Lord go before me and ahead and also follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head, you know my thoughts, and you are familiar with all my ways, you discern my every action, we can’t flee from the Lord. Look further into Psalm 139. Reflect on the whole Psalm sometime, here is a segment to contemplate.

My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;

all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God!

How vast is the sum of them! Psalm 139: 15 – 17.

God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.

God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.

God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.

God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.

(Ancient celtic oral traditions – carmina gadelica) Read more at:

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