• David Carlson

431: Celtic tradition: the invisible and visible are one and that's why prayer is such an easy path

Day 431: Friday May 21st, 2021

in the Celtic tradition the invisible and visible are one and that is why prayer is such an easy and natural path to follow.


(Cross from Pat O'Connor's family home. Pat writes: "This was hanging on the wall in the kitchen of my parents house. I was always fascinated by it. It is a symbol of a whirling sun.")


This Sunday Pat O'Connor and Jim Keck celebrate our ZOOM liturgy. Pat summarizes the liturgy this way:


This is a kind of tapestry theme, connecting

Celtic spirituality….. Brigid……..and prayer.


In John O ‘Donohue’s ANAM CARA, there is a richness and deep understanding of the complexities of the Celtic mind and spirituality. This includes no separation between the human and the divine.


The Celtic mind was not systematic and they were not burdened by a linear way of thinking so it is a bit of a wild ride to understand it.



(Celtic world view)


The Celts did not believe in sin and punishment. They had a strong belief in the afterlife. They did not fear death. There was a deep reverence for the natural world.

(St. Brigid offers a blessing of peace for the world)


Brigid is a pivotal figure in Celtic spirituality. She was considered a goddess in the early years of Irish history when the pagan religion was practiced. She established a monastery for woman and men, which was not unusual at that time. She was so loved by the people that they would not give her up when Christianity came to Ireland. In fact, many of the Celtic pagan rituals and traditions were imitated by the Christian religion so the population would feel familiar and at home with Christianity.



O’Donohue tells us that in the Celtic tradition the invisible and visible are one and that is why prayer is such an easy and natural path to follow.


In thinking about what feeds the soul, it’s important to remember that the body is in the soul. It reaches farther, has more little feelers or antennas than our mind/ego. We can go farther if we can let go and enjoy the ride.


We need three things: silence, solitude and time.


And that aloneness can bring us into our deepest belonging. It’s a gift to give ourselves to be at home in the hearth of our soul.



Hearth Keeper Prayer to St. Brigid


Brigid of the Mantle, encompass us,

Lady of the Lambs, protect us,

Keeper of the Hearth, kindle us.

Beneath your mantle, gather us,

And restore us to memory.

Mothers of our mother, Foremothers strong.

Guide our hands in yours,

Remind us how to kindle the hearth.

To keep it bright, to preserve the flame.

Your hands upon ours, Our hands within yours,

To kindle the light, Both day and night.

The Mantle of Brigid about us,

The Memory of Brigid within us,

The Protection of Brigid keeping us

From harm, from ignorance, from heartlessness.

This day and night,

From dawn till dark, From dark till dawn.

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