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    The Naked Hermit : A Journey to the Heart of Celtic Britain

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    Descending into the darkness of a long-abandoned hermit's cave, wading naked into an icy sea to pray, spending the night on a sacred mountain, Nick Mayhew-Smith recounts an extraordinary one-man mission to revive the ancient devotions of Britain's most enigmatic holy places. Based on ground-breaking research into the transition from Paganism to Christianity, this book invites the reader on a journey into the heart of the Celtic wilderness, exploring the deep-seated impulse to mark natural places as holy. It ends with a vision of how we can recover our harmony with the rest of creation: with the landscape, the weather and the wildlife, and ultimately with the body itself. Follow the footsteps of holy men and women such as Columba, Patrick, Cuthbert, Gildas, Aidan, Bede, Ninian, Etheldreda, Samson and others into enchanting Celtic landscapes, and learn the unvarnished truth behind the stories that shape our spiritual and natural heritage.
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    CDP Colman
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    Celtic Daily Prayer 2: Daily Readings: Colman: July PDF download

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    This downloadable pdf contains the Colman daily readings from CDP2 (Further Up and Further In) for the month of July.

    Columba and his exile.

    This month we hear the story of Columba (or Colum Cille 'the dove of the church')and his exile.  We start with excerpts from The Magnificent Gael by Reginald Hale, from which we have pictures of Columba's training in monastic life and his early foundations.  During his middle years Columba became involved in a dispute over a Psalter that led to a pitched battle at Culdremny in which many men were killed.  In penance, he resolved to leave Ireland for good. The story of Columba's exile and subsequent work from the island base of Iona is continued in excerpts from The First Exile, an epic by Irish poet Robert Farren, in which he shows how Columba eventually conquers the fierce temper and hot resentment which had previously caused so much strife. When you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with a link (CDP2_dailyreadings_Colman_June.pdf) to download your pdf.  The link will expire in 3 days, although we imagine you will have downloaded it long before then!
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  • CDP Colman
    CDP Colman
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    Celtic Daily Prayer 2: Daily Readings: Colman: June: PDF download

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    This downloadable pdf contains the Colman daily readings from CDP2 (Further Up and Further In) for the month of June.

    Wisdom of the Desert Fathers

    This month’s notes centre on the sayings of the Desert Fathers, the very first monks.  They fled into the deserts of Egypt, Palestine and Syria, starting with St Antony at  the end of the third century. They wanted a life of solitude in which to seek God for  His own sake and live out their Christian faith away from the pressures and  temptations of the world. Yet they also sought each other’s help and advice, because  they recognised that in solitude and quiet we are forced to confront the sin and  temptation that lie within.  Their collective wisdom and understanding was seen as so helpful that their sayings  and stories were gathered into books very early on. The importance of these  sayings, and the lives and spirituality out of which these sayings grew, has had a  great influence throughout the centuries – on the Celtic Church, on the Western and  (especially) the Eastern Churches, on our own Northumbria Community, and on  Christian theology in general. When you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with a link (CDP2_dailyreadings_Colman_June.pdf) to download your pdf.  The link will expire in 3 days, although we imagine you will have downloaded it long before then!
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    CDP Eata
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    Celtic Daily Prayer 2: Daily Readings: Eata: May: PDF download

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    This downloadable pdf contains the Eata daily readings from CDP2 (Further Up and Further In) for the month of May Contemplative awareness This month of readings encourages us to be open to the sacrament of the present moment. This openness can be fostered by letting go of our own fantasies and fictions and moving toward reality and truth, seeing things as they really are. In this effort, we are aided along the way by those poets, prophets, mystics and ordinary people who bear witness to what they see and help us attend to God’s grace in our own lives. When you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with a link to download your pdf.  The link will expire in 3 days, although we imagine you will have downloaded it long before then!
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    CDP Eata
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    Celtic Daily Prayer 2: Daily Readings: Eata: April: PDF download

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    This downloadable pdf contains the Eata daily readings from CDP2 (Further Up and Further In) for the month of April. Exiles Over the years, The Northumbria Community, along with many other Christians around the world, has been exploring the metaphor of exile as a way of coming to understand a deep sense of not belonging to the world in which we live, work and worship. The metaphor is also a way of gaining awareness and compassion for those who are literally in exile, such as political refugees and asylum seekers.   May this month of readings help us, as strangers and pilgrims, to continue to seek God, alone and together. When you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with a link to download your pdf.  The link will expire in 3 days, although we imagine you will have downloaded it long before then!
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    Celtic Daily Prayer 1: Daily Readings: Aidan: March: PDF download

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    This downloadable pdf contains the Aidan daily readings from CDP1 (The Journey Begins) for the month of March: Look for the old Paths   When you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with a link (CDP1_dailyreadings_Aidan_March.pdf) to download your pdf.  The link will expire in 3 days, although we imagine you will have downloaded it long before then!
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  • CDP Colman
    CDP Colman
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    Celtic Daily Prayer 2: Daily Readings: Colman: February: PDF download

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    This downloadable pdf contains the Colman daily readings from CDP2 (Further Up and Further In) for the month of February.

    Three monks and a donkey

    This month of readings have been written by Sarah Pillar out of her personal journey of discovery and pilgrimage. In researching the town of Evesham where she and her family live, Sarah stumbled upon this story which we’ve affectionately called ‘Three Monks and a Donkey’. The three monks are Aldwin, Reinfrid and Elfwy. They began their journey in Evesham in the year 1074, travelling North to the ancient Northumbrian sites. Nearly a thousand years ago, in the midst of political and social upheaval, they discover, as many of us have, that the simple, obedient lives of the Northumbrian saints inspire a new way for living for times such as ours. Threads of God’s story within this story have enriched our Community heritage leading us to celebrate Easter in 2009 as a Community in Evesham. It brings us a hope that in the 21st century, we too might rekindle the light of Christ in our communities, repair broken altars and rebuild foundations of old in our own changing and challenging times. When you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with a link (CDP2_dailyreadings_Colman_February.pdf) to download your pdf.  The link will expire in 3 days, although we imagine you will have downloaded it long before then!
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  • CDP Colman
    CDP Colman
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    Celtic Daily Prayer 2: Daily Readings: Colman: January: PDF download

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    This downloadable pdf contains the Colman daily readings from CDP2 (Further Up and Further In) for the month of January. Monastic Diseases: Monastic diseases are coping mechanisms - attitudes and actions that can bring dis-ease to ourselves and to others around us.  All of us have the potential to catch any and all of the diseases - the main problem lies in denial or wrong diagnosis or no diagnosis at all, i.e. being unaware of them.  Monastic diseases are closely related to the logismoi, those repetitive thoughts and preoccupations that can distract us from the spiritual path, and which inflame the inner monsters of our negative memories, moods and secrets triggered by all sorts of people, issues and situations, as well as our desire for comfort and consolation; all of which find expression in false expectations and unrealistic ambitions which are basically egotistical. There is so much in us of anger, aggression, selfishness, hurt, deception and damage that can only be rooted out by patient, faithful loving commitment to seeing God and knowing self, our limitations, boundaries and weaknesses, for only then can we deal with them.  When you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with a link (CDP2_dailyreadings_Colman_January.pdf) to download your pdf.  The link will expire in 3 days, although we imagine you will have downloaded it long before then!
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  • CDP Eata
    CDP Eata
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    Celtic Daily Prayer 2: Daily Readings: Eata: Dec: PDF download

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    This downloadable pdf contains the Eata daily readings from CDP2 (Further Up and Further In) for the month of December. Deeper Magic This month's readings are taken from the works of George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L'Engle. George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish author, poet and Christian minister. His writings, which draw deeply on the indigenous spirituality of the pre-clearance Highlands and folk memory of the people, have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors.  C.S. Lewis once said "I have never concealed the fact that I regarded George MacDonald as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him." Madeleine L'Engle says " Surely George MacDonald is the grandfather of us all - all of us who struggle to come to terms with truth through fantasy."  Like MacDonald, C.S. Lewis applies his heart, brilliance and imagination to the task of opening another world to us so that we may never look at the inside of a wardrobe in the same way again. As we move, in the middle of this month, from the writings of MacDonald to those of Lewis, our adventures in Narnia awaken in us a deeper homesickness that energises rather than discourages as it bids us to come "farther up and farther in"! When you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with a link to download your pdf.  The link will expire in 3 days, although we imagine you will have downloaded it long before then!
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  • CDP Colman
    CDP Colman
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    Celtic Daily Prayer 2: Daily Readings: Colman: November: PDF download

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    This downloadable pdf contains the Colman daily readings from CDP2 (Further Up and Further In) for the month of November. Living The Questions: One of our heart-felt convictions as a Community is that each of us should learn to ‘embrace the Heretical Imperative’, to question everything boldly in order to understand something deeper about who God is, who we are, and what our purpose is in the work of God in the world, alone and together. Some truth can only be found, fought for, and embraced by asking questions. When we are faced with the reality of lives that are complex, messy and full of paradox, in the context of a rapidly changing world, quick answers are often at best unhelpful. If we choose a different approach, we find ourselves living the questions. This month of daily readings is a collection of questions, thoughts, and provocations that reflect something of life back to us and urge us to ponder our spiritual awakening and growth.   When you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with a link (CDP2_dailyreadings_Colman_November.pdf) to download your pdf.  The link will expire in 3 days, although we imagine you will have downloaded it long before then!
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    Finan graphic
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    Celtic Daily Prayer 1: Daily Readings: Finan: October: PDF download

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    This downloadable pdf contains the Finan daily readings from CDP1 (The Journey Begins) for the month of October: Parting and Planting.   When you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with a link (CDP1_dailyreadings_Finan_October.pdf) to download your pdf.  The link will expire in 3 days, although we imagine you will have downloaded it long before then!
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  • CDP Colman
    CDP Colman
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    Celtic Daily Prayer 2: Daily Readings: Colman: September: PDF download

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    This downloadable pdf contains the Colman daily readings from CDP2 (Further Up and Further In) for the month of September. Hospitality: When we say YES to the practice of hospitality, do we immediately think of inviting our friends around for a meal with a good bottle of wine? Does hospitality for us mean a pleasant social setting, food and drink shared with people we like and in places where we are comfortable? Our understanding and lifestyle may have become quite limited, for hospitality has far broader possibilities than these! This month of readings will hopefully help us to expand our narrow definitions of hospitality and encourage us into far more radical ways of opening ourselves to others. In reading the Gospels we find that Christ did indeed share plenty of meals and some wine too with people, but in a way that was out of keeping with the polite practices of the day, that even disturbed polite society. And his practice of hospitality extended beyond the meal table and the home and out onto the roads and waysides, where he journeyed in anticipation of personal encounter with individuals and with crowds, always with an attitude of openness and welcome, available, always vulnerable. These words invite us to re-think our understanding of hospitality, to become braver, let down some barriers, let go of our prejudices, walk headlong into true availability and vulnerability by extending a hospitality of heart.   When you complete your purchase, you will receive an email with a link (CDP2_dailyreadings_Colman_September.pdf) to download your pdf.  The link will expire in 3 days, although we imagine you will have downloaded it long before then!
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