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Introduction to Celtic Spirituality

A Six Week programme beginning Monday 12th September at Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar and Tuesday 13th September 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!

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

Monday 12th September – Tobar Mhuire

Tuesday 13th September – Houben Centre

Each night from 7.00 – 8.00pm

· What is Celtic Spirituality?

Celtic spirituality is a complex interplay of ancient Celtic sources, the surviving remnants of these principles and practices in the rural communities of Ireland and Scotland, and men and women in the 19th and 20th centuries to revive and define this tradition. Participation in Celtic spirituality is an act of the imagination.

Monday 19th September – Tobar Mhuire

Tuesday 20th September – Houben Centre

Each night from 7.00 – 8.00pm

· God, Jesus and the Communion of Saints

At the heart of Celtic spirituality lies a profound awareness of the intimate relationship we share with God, Jesus and all those who strive to serve God's plan of creation (both in the past, the present and the future). This intimacy ennobles us and challenges us to live as generous children of a loving God.

Monday 26th September – Tobar Mhuire

Tuesday 27th September – Houben Centre

Each night from 7.00 – 8.00pm

· God’s Presence in Nature

The early Celtic Christian awareness of God's presence in the natural world around us – and our connection to it – offers inspiration and strength to strive for the full realization of God's plan of creation. This has particular meaning in the present day as we strive to protect the environment and address the challenge of climate change.

Monday 3rd October – Tobar Mhuire

Tuesday 4th October – Houben Centre

Each night from 7.00 – 8.00pm

· Sin and Penance

For the early Celtic saints, sin was regarded as a disease that separated us from God and which needed to be healed through acts of repentance. Some of these actions could be quite extreme by modern standards but they all reflect God's desire to forgive men and women and to embrace them as "loved sinners".

Monday 10th October – Tobar Mhuire

Tuesday 11th October – Houben Centre

Each night from 7.00 – 8.00pm

· Healing, both Personal and Social

The early Celtic saints strove toward the perfection of men and women as living witnesses to the love of God for all of creation. This involved both personal and social healing, which can be seen in the penitentials as well as the efforts of early Celtic saints to promote peace and harmony in their societies.

Monday 17th October – Tobar Mhuire

Tuesday 18th October – Houben Centre

Each night from 7.00 – 8.00pm

· Building Colonies of Heaven

The effort to create open and hospitable "colonies of heaven" is the most inspirational aspect of early Celtic Christian spirituality. It was an effort to restore Eden and to make the world reflect God's true desire for creation. It is a vision which we can share and nurture through careful reflection and prayer on the Celtic traditions.


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