Hurling, Harvest And Holy Hikes

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Friday. Back to Ireland. To Ennis. To Temple Gate Hotel. To holy ground. For here, just days before, the County Clare All-Ireland Hurling Champions, who train at Ennis, celebrated their brilliant victory. The entire county was bedecked in flags. A road side table sported two hurling sticks. And everyone I had come to meet was happy.

T I speak at an inter-church Town Harvest. Choristers from Ennis's Catholic Cathedral sing. Ladies from St. Columba's Church of Ireland provide delicious home-made cakes. People who did not know we can meet God outside a church now know we can meet God in creation which God's Love has brought into being. See Download: Ireland - Ennis Town Harvest.

Saturday. Kilfenora Cathedral. I speak at a meeting arranged by a new network, Clare Pilgrim Way. CPW research the Burren's rich Celtic heritage, re-tread ancient paths and sacred wells. The Burren is 'outside The Pale'. It is mostly free from artificial overlay and fertiliser. CPW plan a phased 21 day circular camino which embraces Scattery Isle and Kilfenora. Each of six legs can be walked separately. We walked the first leg to Saint Senan's well. Its water is reputed to restore eyesight. I liberally splashed its water over my eyes. See download: - 'Ireland: Clare Pilgrim Way: Inner and Outer Pilgrimage'

Sunday. After sharing in a Family Service my host Bob Hanna drove me to Nenagh. About thirty church leaders came for the second meeting of a new ecumenical network 'Ireland Pilgrim Fellowship'. Having almost lost my voice, I squeaked my talk on Monastic Cities and Resource Banks of Today's Liquid Church before each delegate stated their hopes for the new network, and each ticked the items on the list they most resonated with. The result was an embryo statement of goals and values. See download 'Ireland: Monastic Cities and Resource Banks of Today's Liquid Church'.

Monday Morning feeling. My justification for what follows is that our Way of Life commits us to rhythm. Feeling like a wreck, I meandered from Newcastle Airport and found my car was driving into Linden Golf Resort Spa. There I heard a receptionist offering me a free trial. The light little gym. The swim. The Jacuzzi. The Steam room. The Sauna. The cold shower. The swim. The sleep in the steam room. The stagger into Linden pub grub next door. Home and to bed. And there was my smiling friend Scot. Great Scot - I had forgotten he was coming for a week's oersonal retreat.

Posted at 06:49am on 8th October 2013
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