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The never-ending story

During this course on Celtic Spirituality I learned a new and important word: perigrinatio. In the time of Aidan and Cuthbert, some monks would from be called by God to undertake a special kind of pilgrimage. This perigrinatio, as it … Continue reading

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Holy Island Day 3: No horse, of course

There is a story about St. Aidan that we have heard several times this week. After leaving Iona in Scotland to found the abby at Lindisfarne, he spent a great deal of time walking the countryside. He took no knife … Continue reading

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Holy Island Day 4: Bishops and saints

Today was bookended with worship at St. Mary’s Church. I went to three services: morning prayer (7:30), communion (8:00) and evening prayer (5:30). Unlike the other services I have been to this week, the two morning services were crowded with … Continue reading

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St. Cuthbert’s Way Day 7, Part 2: His eye is on the sparrow

Having walked across the sands and up onto the road, I discovered a madhouse. There were dozens of cars, jam-packed into a car park, with hoards of people streaming onto the road into the village. For a place with a … Continue reading

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St. Cuthbert’s Way Day 7: I’ve got rhythm

For everything there is a season: a time for sun and a time for rain, a time for solitude and a time for community, a time for walking and a time for falling down…. Today I was ready to be … Continue reading

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St. Cuthbert’s Way Day 6: A day of rest

When I booked my stay here at the Lindisfarne Inn, I had no idea how much I would appreciate a day of rest! And what a glorious day it has been. I slept in and had a lovely breakfast. The … Continue reading

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St. Cuthbert’s Way Day 5: Time and time again

I awoke in Wooler to a clear, sunny day. The hosts at the bed and breakfast prepared an enormous breakfast (which seems to be normal around here): juice, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, toast, tea and a huge platter of eggs, … Continue reading

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