The Express-Times, Friday, March 11, 2005
Story by John A. Zukowski, in connection with St. Patrick's Day, cites spiritual spot created by Bill Cohea in Columcille, where he arranged for stones as an homage to one on the island of Iona, an island off Scotland. Iona was home to a Christian monastery headed by St. Columba in the sixth century and is regarded as one of the world's most important spiritual spots. According to Zukowski, Columcille also is a reminder of the island where Celtic Christianity emerged and that St. Patrick is known for incorporating the religion of the Celts into Christianity. Zukowski notes that Irish Catholicism was less authoritative and more respectful of the natural world than the Roman version of Catholicism. He quotes Brennan Pursell, assistant professor in the department of humanities at DeSales, who notes that Ireland was never conquered by the Romans. Pursell states that the conversions came from missionaries and not by a force of arms.
Press Release: Celtic spirituality | Posted on: 3/11/2005
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