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St. Cuthbert and Disciples in a Boat



Well, we arrived in the Emerald Isle without trevail, and are now in the lovely town of Killareny which lies at the edge of the Ring of Kerry. Our hotel abuts the National Park, which is very nice as it means ready access to the trails that run alongside and above the lake- beyond which are some of Ireland's highest mountains.

The Ring of Kerry was spectacular. Words and pictures do not do it justice at all. The weather has alternated between horizontal driving rain to sunny and calm; the wind is usually blowing and one can usually see rain somewhere off in the distance. The rivers and lakes are in flood stage, and I have found that in Ireland mud exists everywhere, including near vertical slopes. My pants and boots have aquired quite a bit of it.

The food is alright; it's not Asia. The tea is good. It's all insanely expensive. If I ever come back to Europe I'm bringing a sleeping bag and a box of ramen noodles and a backpacking stove.

There are monastic sites, castle ruins, and churches everywhere. It's wonderful. I'm always the last to leave such things, somewhat to the consternation of my friends...

But I'm paying for my internet and nothing is cheap here, so I will end this dispatch. I hope to encounter a wireless hotspot eventually. Slainte!


Blogger jroberts said...

Hope yall have a great trip. Enjoyed reading about your travels.

9:44 AM  
Blogger the unworthy seraphim said...

You probably know this, but just in case you haven't made the acquaintence, here is the Lorica (breastplate) of St. Patrick, which was his morning prayer:

I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation.
I arise today Through the strength of Christ's birth and His baptism, Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial, Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension, Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today Through the strength of the love of cherubim, In obedience of angels, In service of archangels, In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward, In the prayers of patriarchs, In preachings of the apostles, In faiths of confessors, In innocence of virgins, In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today Through the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock.

I arise today Through God's strength to pilot me; God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me, God's hosts to save me From snares of the devil, From temptations of vices, From every one who desires me ill, Afar and anear, Alone or in a mulitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and evil, Against every cruel merciless power that opposes my body and soul, Against incantations of false prophets, Against black laws of pagandom, Against false laws of heretics, Against craft of idolatry, Against spells of women and smiths and wizards, Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul. Christ shield me today Against poison, against burning, Against drowning, against wounding, So that reward may come to me in abundance.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, Through a confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation

6:17 PM  

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