celtic crossScottish theologian, Prof John Macquarrie observed that “the Celt was very much a God-intoxicated person whose life was embraced on all sides by the divine Being.” I long for that same intoxication and intimacy with God.

Celtic Christianity thrived in the fifth to eleventh centuries. The primary site for worship, pastoral care and religious instruction was the monastery rather than the parish church. This strongly monastic character produced a model of ministry that was communitarian rather than individualistic.

There is so much that we can learn from this ancient future tradition whose followers saw themselves as guests of the world, living lightly on this earth and not becoming attached to possessions or place. They believed all of life was a pilgrimage, a journey towards God in which every experience and every encounter provided opportunity to both represent and learn about God.

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