Last Saturday we held our first ever workshop Thin Space: Learning from the Celtic Saints. 19 adults, 4 children and 2 dogs gathered at the Mustard Seed House to hear stories and share prayers from this wonderful Christian tradition that was overlooked for so long. We talked about Patrick, Kevin, Brendan, Columba and Brigid and shared some of the wonderful prayers that are attributed to these saints. It was also a wonderful opportunity to share Celtic style hospitality over lunch. A great way to get acquainted. Our next Celtic style event will be our 16th annual Celtic retreat on Camano Island just north of Seattle.
Two things stood out for me.
When we were discussing developing a rhythm of prayer Ricci Kilmer shared that she kept Phyllis Tickle’s Divine Hours by the chair where she breastfeeds her baby. It is the one consistent time in her day when she needs to sit still for a few minutes. She reads the prayers as she feeds the baby. What a wonderful way to draw nourishment from God throughout the day even as she is nourishing Gabriel.
- At the end of the workshop people spent time reflecting on the morning and writing their own prayers based on the Celtic prayers they had heard. I have written a lot of prayers for meditation in this way and have found that this is a great way for people to connect prayer to their own lives.
Here is a prayer that Jennifer Reeve-Parker wrote entitled Stillness
Christ around me, Christ within me
Spirit in my soul, Spirit in my mind.
God my Father, God my mother, in my body, in my life
In my rushing, in my anger, my impatience and my pride
God is with me, offering mercy, peace, trust and love.
Stillness, stillness, I choose stillness.
The presence of my God is here.
In that stillness, find my center
I see who I was made to be.
Hope grace, Lord have mercy.
Next time I rush, call me back to center.
When I get angry, call me to confession.
When my pride dictates my movements
remind me of your grace once more.
Stillness, stillness, I choose stillness
The presece of my God is here.