Pangur Bán: What You Can Learn From Your Cat

As the ancient Celtic people embraced Christianity certain elements of their culture blended with the new way which they were living. In pre-Christian Celtic culture the bards were and essential part of society. Much more than simply entertainers, these poets were keepers of history and wisdom. In an oral tradition and culture a class of … Continue reading Pangur Bán: What You Can Learn From Your Cat

Original Sin or Inter-Generational Trauma?

Pelagius famously taught that human nature is good in its essence and that original sin, as Augustine taught it, is a dangerous doctrine that leads people away from virtue and into despair of ever being good. This is something I discussed recently in another article The Gift of Hope. This teaching that humans are naturally … Continue reading Original Sin or Inter-Generational Trauma?

To Be Wise Like a Bee: Vice, Virtue, and Spiritual Flowers

The early Celtic Christians were very fond of the wisdom of the Desert Mothers and Fathers. They integrated the lifestyle, teachings, and imagery of these Egyptian ascetics into their own way of life. Perhaps it was the common indigenous mindset shared by both these groups who had not been as thoroughly influenced by the Roman … Continue reading To Be Wise Like a Bee: Vice, Virtue, and Spiritual Flowers

Martin of Tours: Inspiration to the Celts

St Martin of Tours had a profound influence on the Celts. The story of his life was included in The Book of Armagh, a beautiful illuminated manuscript currently held in the library of Trinity College Dublin. Both Patrick and Ninian spent time learning at Marmoûtiers, the monastery started by Martin. St Columba made a pilgrimage … Continue reading Martin of Tours: Inspiration to the Celts