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Celtic Spirituality and Ecology

A Three Week programme beginning Monday 31st October at Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar and Tuesday 1st November at the Houben Centre, Holy Cross, Ardoyne.

A voluntary donation is asked to cover costs but this will taken up quietly each evening and finance should not be an obstacle to anyone taking part!

Each night from 7.00 – 9.15pm.


For further information or booking please telephone 028 44 830242 or send a direct message on our Facebook page.


https://www.facebook.com/tobarmhuirepassionists


Monday 31st October – Tobar Mhuire

Tuesday 1st November – Houben Centre

Session1 – 7.00pm – 8.00pm

· Nature in Celtic Spirituality

The early Celtic saints were deeply connected to nature and and revered the presence of God in the world around them, nurturing and protecting them. Nature was a book expressing God's loving relationship with them, reinforcing the awareness of God's care and protection expressed in sacred scriptures.

Session 2 – 8.15pm – 9.15pm

· Celtic Saints and Nature Poetry

The love of nature and its revelatory aspects evoked among the early Celtic saints a large body of literature focused on the rhythms and activities of the natural world. His poetry is both an expression of prayer and an invitation into a relationship with the world around us.


Monday 7th November – Tobar Mhuire

Tuesday 8th November – Houben Centre

Session1 – 7.00pm – 8.00pm

· Stories of Celtic Saints and Animals

There are many stories of the early Celtic saints interacting with animals in intimate and mutual relationships. The stories reflect biblical archetypes grounded in the restoration of Eden at the heart of the Celtic Christian spiritual vision.

Session2 – 8.15pm – 9.15pm

· Communion with God’s Creation

Our relatedness to all of God's creation evokes an awareness of the nuanced activities of God in the natural world surrounding us. We become conscious to our participation in the natural order and experience the joys and pains this awareness brings.


Monday 14th November – Tobar Mhuire

Tuesday 15th November – Houben Centre

Session1 – 7.00pm – 8.00pm

· Kinship with God’s Creatures

Our relatedness to all of God's creation also evokes an awareness of our obligations to nurture and protect all of God's creatures. This places a moral demand upon us that the early Celtic saints appreciated and which we share.

Session2 – 8.15pm – 9.15pm

· Responsibility for God’s Creation

Our willingness to honor the responsibility we have toward nature and God's creatures, both human and nonhuman, must be sustained through prayer and meaningful actions. The vision of the early Celtic church nurtures our best desires by reviving our awareness of our integral and integrating role within God’s plan of creation.