4am start. Not by choice but let’s face it, I wake at 4am at home most of the time anyway. Nevertheless, I felt like this..,
Our first session today was led by Christian Brother Dennis Gleeson and focused on ‘Centering Prayer’ – a deeply spiritual discipline that develops an intimate relationship with God. Gregory the Great called it “resting in God”. Centering allows the Holy Spirit to express him/her self in us – effectively participating in the Trinitarian relationship.
I guess you could say I’ve been in a spiritual rut for quite some time but Dennis reminded me that the only distance between me and God is the thought that there is a distance between me and God. As the other great spiritual influence in my education St Ignatius of Loyola said, “If we don’t have the desire, pray for the desire to desire!” God wants a relationship with us. The chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. (Westminster Shorter Catechism – excuse the source!) Enjoy! Prayer should be non violent – don’t force yourself. As always, it’s easy to say and hard to do.
My first problem was finding a sacred word. In the 15 minute prayer time I must have chopped and changed 20 times! Not only that, being up since 4am meant I was in danger of being so centered that I would fall asleep and fall off the chair! 😂 I don’t think I was alone in this thought. 🤔
Dennis believes that if you can do this for 20 minutes twice a day for 3 months, you will be so profoundly changed that you will never stop. Challenge accepted!
The site is a complex of Neolithic mounds, chamber tombs, standing stones, henges and other prehistoric enclosures. It predates the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge and was built with sophistication and a knowledge of science and astronomy, which is most evident in the passage grave of Newgrange.
The most fascinating part is the megolithic art, especially the 3 swirls that flow together and have no beginning or end. Couple that with the cruciform shape of the passage and think about Christian symbolism. Who knows how the Spirit revealed God to these ancient people way before Patrick and Brigid shared the Gospel!
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