Sunday, December 1, 2013

Dona Nobis Pacem

St. John's Episcopal Church
Boulder, CO
You may have noticed a new 'page' tab at the top of my blog. I've decided to migrate my previous blog, Dona Nobis Pacem, to this one. As Advent begins today, it seems like an auspicious time to renew my practice of occasionally sharing thoughts and insights that bring me deeper into Spirit. This Advent season I am again participating in an online retreat through Abbey of the Arts.I will post reflections from my experiences during the retreat on the Dona Nobis Pacem page. This year's 'Birthing the Holy' retreat focuses on Celtic Christianity. If you are looking for a way to enrich your spiritual experience of the Christmas season, joining this retreat would be an excellent way to do so. Chrisitine Valtners Painter leads marvelous online retreats that are deeply insightful and rich in content.

Not only will this retreat experience enrich me during Advent, but it is also preparation for a pilgrimage adventure that I will embark on late next summer. I will travel to the west coast of Ireland and join a handful of other kindred spirits in exploring early Celtic Christianity. Led by Christine and her husband, John, our group will spend 9 days steeped in such monastic themes as hospitality, service, Sabbath and conversion while visiting Celtic sites in Connemara, the Burren and the Aran Islands. I can hardly wait!

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