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A Sacred Space

2017

June

June is a month of abundance. life is expressed everywhere in great variety and beauty. it is also the month of Kevin, our patron saint of Glendalough who was founder of a Christian monastic settlement in the valley in the sixth century. He lived as a hermit in solitude on the shore of the upper lake. In his own way he planted a seed that became a great tree expressed in a variety of Christian communities that have formed in Glendalough down the centuries.

Life is a journey outwards and inward to the original seed or source from which it all developed. It became an experience of growth  and expression, full of possibilities with hope of an ultimate destination.

The feast of Pentecost is a celebration of the Christian community worldwide which now numbers around two billion people. It has become a great tree planted in a humble way by Jesus of Nazareth two thousand years ago.

 

April

With the coming of April, the journey into the light side of the year begins.  The dark earth responds with the songs of birds and  green shoots rising up here and there as if from a long sleep.  There is a call in the deep heart of life to be born anew at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March

March is the real beginning of Spring in Ireland. Light is increasing by the day and equinox on the 21st. of the month, day and night are equally balanced.

February

I thought the winter lingered still
So harsh and humoursome the wind
But Brigit of the blessed name
Has passed and left the lambs behind
Their little voices made a song
That drove the winter from my mind.
Winifred Letts

The beginning of Spring is marked by the feast of St. Brigid.  The traditional Celtic feast at this time of the year was called Imbolc. It was a feast of the feminine and celebrated the first signs of the birth of new life from the earth after the winter darkness.  The practice of making St. Brigid’s crosses from field rushes is an old Irish custom.  It is a reminder that life is a blessing made from many strands of experience woven around a centre and reaching out from there in every direction.  When the snowdrop, the first flower of Spring appears, new life and hope stirs in the heart of every person who sees it.

 

 

 

 

January

Already the new year is growing with a little extra light every day. January is an unpredictable month. One day there is a touch of spring in the air, while the following day retreats back to winter temperatures with frost, snow and cold winds. Life is unpredictable too and it has its dark days but there is always hope in a new beginning.
Let us look at the bright side of life as we begin another year.

 

 

December

December in Ireland is a dark month. On the 21st. day, which is the Winter Solstice, the light grows gradually greater towards the new growth of another springtime and fullness of life that will bloom and bear fruit once more around the Summer Solstice on the 21st June. Our lives have their seasons too. It is a great comfort to us to know that when the darkest day comes, a dawn of new light begins to appear.

The Christmas story is about the divine presence with and among us. It is such a blessing to be alive and also a great gift to believe that death is not the end of life but a transformation into an unimaginable new expression of the experience.

November

November is the first month of the winter season. For the next seven weeks the days will gradually grow shorter and the nights get longer. In Ancient tradition this time was the beginning of the New Year.

It is a good time for reflection on what has passed and for planting the seeds of new life that will grow into the future. The dying and falling leaves remind us not to cling on to the parts of our lives  experience that have already served their purpose well.

In the Christian tradition, it is a month for remembering those who have gone before us who have completed the journey and are now numbered among the saints and also those that are still on the journey, our thoughts, prayers and good wishes will be always with them.

October

October is the last month of the Autumn season. As the leaves change colour and fall away and die, they remind us of the transitory nature of everything. As every leaf contributes to the continuing life of the tree, so our lives can have more meaning if we find ourselves connected with everything that exist. Everyone has a unique contribution to make that cannot be offered by anyone else. October can be a nostalgic month especially for those who have lived through it many times. It is a time of recalling with gratitude all the happy and sad memories of life.

September

The earth has produced its fruits in abundance at this time of the year.

August

August is the last month of the Summer in Ireland. Many people go on holiday during this month. In Glendalough it is possible to take a holiday with God. It is an ideal place to rest, relax and stand back for a while to review life’s journey.

We need a suitable outdoor landscape to fully activate our spiritual imagination.  Glendalough has rivers, lakes, woods and many pathways to explore the valleys and hills. Its story is summed up under a single heading, from solitude to community.

July

July is high summer in Ireland. It is holiday time now with children out of school. The outdoors is perfect for the children.

The beautiful hills around Glendalough are good to climb and to see things from higher ground. This puts everything in a broader perspective.

It is time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

June

May is a wonderful month. Our greatest gift as human beings is to stand in wonder and awe at the beauty that surrounds us and know that is within as well as without.

April

Easter came early this year. The clocks went forward on Holy Saturday night so Easter Sunday celebrated the Risen Christ and the beginning of the brightest side of the year. Some green is appearing on the trees and the spring flowers are in bloom.

This is a special year in Ireland when we celebrate the centenary of the Easter Rising which was the first step towards an independent Irish Republic.

What freedom do you still seek during this time which is full of new beginnings and infinite possibilities?

March

The month of March is when spring really begins. Once the daffodils bloom, it has arrived. It is time for spring cleaning and opening up the doors and windows to the beauty of nature that will be revealed day by day from this time on.

The season of Lent began on the 10th February. In the Christian calendar it is a forty day period of time between now and Easter. It commemorates Jesus’ period of reflection in the desert before setting out on his public mission. It can be a time for some soul searching and focusing on the eternal values of life. It is facilitated by practising the biblical disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Peace and joy to all on St. Patrick’s Day

Springtime

I thought and winter lingered still
So harsh and humoursome the winds
But Brigit of the blessed name
Has passed and left the lambs behind
Their little voices made a song
That drove the winter from my mind
Winifred Letts

The beginning of Spring in Ireland is marked by the feast of St. Brigid. The traditional Celtic feast at this time was called Imbolc. It was a feast of the feminine and celebrated the first signs of the birth of new life from the earth after the winter darkness
The practice of making St. Brigid’s crosses from field rushes is an old Irish custom. It is a reminder that life is a blessing made from many strands woven around a centre and reaching out from there in every direction.
When the snowdrop, first flower of Spring appears, new life and hope stirs in the heart of every person who sees it.

A New Year

A New Year marks another milestone in each person’s journey of life.
We hardly notice the time passing during the early part of our lives but as the years begin to fly by we are more inclined to stop and reflect and learn from the various experiences that we meet along the way.
The mid winter solstice which took place a few weeks ago marked a hopeful moment in time when the journey back to the longest and brightest day begins again. It is consoling to know that our darkest days are often the beginning of another journey back to the light.
May we all have a happy , healthy and peaceful New Year.

September

The first few days of September this year have been very calm and still.  It is an appropriate beginning to this season of autumn.
This is a time for harvest and for most of us who have no gardens it is a time to gather the memories of the year that is passing and be grateful for them.  We are on a journey to the fullness of our lives and each year brings new growth and fruitfulness.

May

May is a wonderful month. For those who were born in May it is a special time to celebrate a birthday. For everyone, it is an opportunity to be reborn to a new experience of life.

Born in May

I remember, Mother
For nine long months
Through all four seasons
You carried me

In August when first fruits are in
Mysteriously my life began
During my first dark winter days
I only knwew your warmth and care

When the first daffodils of spring appeared
Did I leap for joy and let you know
my time was near?
In May when wild flowers abound
And blackbirds sing
You set me free

Thank you, Mother, for making me
 a child of summertime
I still believe that all its lovely gifts are mine.
Michael Rodgers

 

April

‘April is a generous month’ she said
generous rain, light, singing birds’
Brendan Kennelly

When April comes in Ireland and the clocks have gone forward one hour, the light side of the year is well established. The spirit everywhere is lifted by the prospect of an ongoing journey in the light until midsummer. In the Christian Calendar Resurrection is nearly always commemorated in April. It falls on the 5th of the month this year. This day celebrates the Christian belief that life triumphs over death and that we are on a journey here and now with eternal echoes. It is a month to rejoice in everything that is positive and generous in life.

 

Springtime

Anois teacht an Earraigh
Beidh an lá dúl chun shíneadh
Is tar éis na féile Bríde
ardóigh  mé mo sheol  (Raftery)

Traditionally the first day of February is the first day of Spring. This year there are just a few signs to remind us that spring has arrived. The crocus and snowdrop flower have bloomed and a few birds are beginning to sing. On the other hand the skies remain very cloudy and dark and the rain keeps coming and going.

At winter solstice nearly 50 days ago, the long journey into the light side of the year began. There is more light now than a month ago but there is still a long way to go before the darkness of winter is fully dispelled. Dark periods come and go throughout the experience of  our lives. It is a challenge to wait for enough light to emerge to bring about new life and growth.

for this year at the beginning and how did they work out? What will be my lasting memories?

At the winter solstice on the 21st of the month, the wheel of life will begin to turn again towards the light and we will enjoy the feast of Christmas and the celebration of the  birth of new life.

May you enjoy a peaceful and joyous Christmas this season.

July

The month of July is at the heart of the summer in Ireland.  There is abundance of life in all directions and the best way to enjoy it is to get out and about within the wild side.

The best view of all is from the tops of the hills which are never too far away in Wicklow.  In the Christian scripture stories of the life of Jesus, we are told that He often went apart by himself into the hills to pray.  It is easy to be prayerful at this time.  All that is needed is to stop, look around and wonder at being alive in the midst of an extravagant miracle.

 

May

May is a wonderful month.  Our greatest gift as human beings is to stand in wonder and awe at the beauty that surrounds us and know that is within as well as without.

May is also Rusurrection time.  In the church’s liturgical calendar, the month of May usually includes the period between the Resurrection of Christ and Pentecost.  That feast celebrates the beginning of the church as a Christian community.

In the month of May we are particularly conscious that we are part of the magnificent community of life.  Our faith in the Risen cosmic Christ opens to us possibilities of eternal dimensions.

Springtime

Traditionally in Ireland, the first day of February is the first day of spring.  This year there are just a few signs already to remind us that spring has arrived. The crocus and snowdrop flowers have bloomed and a few birds are beginning to sing. On the other hand the skies remain very cloudy and dark and the rain is incessant.

At the winter solstice nearly fifty days ago, the long journey into the light side of the year began.  There is more light now than a month ago but there is still a long way to go before the darkness of winter is fully dispelled.  Dark periods come and go  throughout the experience of our lives.  It is a challenge to wait for enough light to emerge to bring about new life and growth.

January

When January comes, we turn away from the darkness at the end of the year to begin a long journey into the light of the new year.
It is a good time to reflect on the light that is in us and how we can share it with others during the days and months ahead.
May the hope of the light of our lives guide us through the light and darkness of the coming year.

October

October is at the heart of Autumn. Older Irish country people had a saying at this time of the year – ‘The leaves fall and so will we all’

This is a time for gathering and storing the fruits of the earth. It is also a time for harvesting and storing memories and counting blessings.

There are constant reminders every day during October of the need to let old things pass away and die. It is a good time too to reflect on the changes that need to be made for the renewal and transformation of life.

September

What a difference a year makes! This time last year we had endured one of the worst summers in years. As the season comes to an end this year, we can look back on some of the best months we’ve had for a long time.

The earth has produced its fruits in abundance this time round. The grain harvest is great and the fodder for the winter season ahead is top quality.

We live through seasons of life. Times are good and bad as we journey on. As the song ‘Bring him Home’ says;

The summers die
one by one
How soon they fly
on and on.

We can only try to make the best of life’s journey and enjoy the harvest of all the beautiful memories that we have already brought home to store.

August

Life is abundant in August in Ireland.   Peoples spirits have been lifted this year by the lovely sunshine of July followed by enough rain to dispel any fear of drought damaging the fruits of the earth.

The seasons of life are played unceasingly through the seasons of every year.  We are asked only to enjoy the good times  when they come round and lay aside a little of the fruitfulness of those days to share in the difficult times that will inevitably return.

 

June

In Glendalough June begins with the feast of St. Kevin whose feast day is celebrated on the third of the month.

Kevin lived in the sixth century during the Golden Age of Irish Christianity.  The early Irish monastic church was founded by hermits like him who went and lived apart in remote desert places for extended periods of time to test their convictions and their faith.  They found their real identity in a spiritual force within the heart of life itself.  As a result they became an inspiration to others who wanted to imitate the self sacrifice of their lives.  After Kevin’s death, Glendalough became a centre of a large monastic community.

Kevin’s life challenges each person to be true to themselves and experience the mystery of God in all the moments of their lives.

 

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