Don’t Eat Any Green Bagels…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day….

People say that today everyone is Irish.  For most, it’s a happy day, thoughts of leprechauns dancing, pots of gold and green….lots of green, green clothes, green food, green beer???.  It’s also a day to embrace Celtic Spirituality which is also joyous and o’ so beautiful.

The ancient Celts saw God everywhere, especially in the beautiful world that He created.  Faith was a part of every aspect of their ordinary lives.  They also believed in ‘thin places’.  Places where you feel a very intimate connection with God.  Where this world and heaven come very close.  The Celts speak of soul-friends, the value of women, and how we are all closely interconnected.

 St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians was written to the Celts – it has a different tone to it.  Celtic Spirituality, pre-Roman influence, is fascinating to read about. 

And the Celts loved solitude: 

A Blessing of Solitude

May you recognize in your life, the presence, power and light of your soul.  May you realize that you are never alone,
That your soul in its brightness and belonging
connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for your own individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
that you have a special destiny here,
That behind the facade of your life
there is something beautiful, good, and eternal happening.
May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride,
and expectation with which God sees you in every moment.

 John O’Donohue (1956-2008)
(from Anam Cara)

Perhaps we should all be Irish for a day…..

17 thoughts on “Don’t Eat Any Green Bagels…

  1. What a beautiful verse. I love how it has us reflect on our own inner soul. It seems that sometimes we’re just so busy with life, we lose sight of doing just that, and it’s a peaceful way of thinking.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  2. What a beautiful blessing! We are all lovely and unique, aren’t we?

    No green bagels here but they ARE serving green eggs and ham at my daughter’s elementary school! Seriously! And of course she insisted on wearing green to school, including green barrettes and a green hair tie 🙂

  3. John O’Donohue is one of my favorite writers! I enjoy Celtic Christian thoughts and enjoyed the book, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, which describes a little of Celtic tradition…seeing God everywhere, especially in the natural land.
    I will re-read Galatians with a new perspective. 🙂

  4. You could say that us Celts are so moody we only enjoy our own company!
    God in all things – all things in God and the time to be mindful of them – blessings m+x

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