Drawing on myth, folklore, poetry, and the tales of Celtic gods and heroes, this little book is an invitation to readers to explore the spiritual tradition of the Celtic peoples--a tradition rooted in hospitality and one that is of growing importance in these increasingly fractured and troubled times.
An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom is divided into three parts:
- The Celtic Mystery: In this section McColman illustrates the mystery inherent in the Celtic spiritual path with a brief discussion of the three streams of Celtic spirituality and an introduction to thin places and holy wells.
- The Celtic Saints: McColman explores how faith in the Celtic saints is rooted in the desert spirituality of the early Christian tradition. Also included are profiles of Patrick, Brendan, and Bridget.
- How to Walk the Celtic Path: In this section the author explores hospitality, spiritual direction story-telling, spiritual power, and the Grail.
McColman has written a splendid intro to a spiritual path that will appeal to both believers and seekers who are interested in all things Celtic.
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About the Author
Carl McColman is the author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Christian Mystics, and Answering the Contemplative Call, as well as a popular website (www.carlmccolman.com) and blog (www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman) devoted to Christian and world mysticism. His writing has appeared on Huffington Post, Patheos, Beliefnet, and Contemplative Journal. Carl lives near Atlanta, Georgia.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Celtic Mystery 1
Chapter 1 The Mystery 3
Chapter 2 Three Streams 13
Chapter 3 Thin Places 23
Chapter 4 Holy Wells 33
Chapter 5 The Edge of Waiting 43
Part 2 The Celtic Saints 53
Chapter 6 The Desert 55
Chapter 7 The Cloister 65
Chapter 8 Patrick the Enlightener 77
Chapter 9 Brigid, Mary of the Gaels 89
Chapter 10 Brendan the Navigator 105
Chapter 11 Columcille, Saint in Exile 117
Chapter 12 For All the Saints 125
Part 3 Walking the Celtic Path 139
Chapter 13 Hospitality 141
Chapter 14 Anamchara 151
Chapter 15 Shanachie 163
Chapter 16 Neart 173
Chapter 17 The Grail 183