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Ray's Blog: August 2013

A Weekful Of Aidan

It began last Saturday. It was standing room only at Lindisfarne's Saint Mary's Church, what with two music groups and the Bishop of Newcastle to trumpet in Saint Aidan's Week amid the most glorious Lindisfarne Gospels Flowers and Arts.

It continued on Sunday. After the church service, a Northumbrian...

Posted at 09:37am on 28th August 2013

Fort, Festival And Flowers - Armagh, Edinburgh And Lindisfarne.


En route home from Ireland I detoured to Armagh's Centre for Celtic Spirituality at Navan Fort to lunch with Grace and Bruce Clunie. Grace is Director of the Spirituality Centre. Her work has been so valued by civic authorities that they have given...

Posted at 20:30pm on 23rd August 2013

Four Places In Ireland

A Golf Hotel, Blessington Lakes:

I meet Dr. Bernadette Flanaghan of NewmonasticismsIreland. She describes this as a scholarly network of people who want to find a vocation. She thinks the motivational force of Christian communities is shifting from projects to a new consciousness from which we may live. This is...

Posted at 22:17pm on 15th August 2013

Irish Reconnections

Dwyer and McAllister's Cottage, Wicklow Mountains. Padraig is a volunteer who opens it to visitors for two summer months. D and M helped lead 1790's insurrections against British occupying forces. Memorials to them abound throughout Co. Wicklow. In this cottage they hid. McAllister drew fatal fire which allowed...
Posted at 07:53am on 10th August 2013

What's Being Born In Ireland?

Sister Sally and I met family in the Republic of Ireland's second city of Cork. Our brother Tony, pastor and artist, and his wife Anita, have tirelessly served the Travellers over the years. Jesus healed ten lepers, but commended the one that bothered to return and thank him. Recently a Traveller...
Posted at 19:34pm on 3rd August 2013
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