Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Iona Revisited

This coming Sunday at church we are celebrating our Iona pilgrimmage with an Iona-centered service and Iona music in the morning and a program in the evening complete with Iona food and a ceilidh. I, sad to say, won't be there because, not sad to say, we're leaving tomorrow for Oregon to visit the Lovely Daughter, but I did write a contribution
for the evening Powerpoint:




The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil...

Gerard Manley Hopkins

I reached Iona as I was concluding a year-long journey through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and just following a week of intensely interior spirituality in France. It was a challenge for me to plunge into a place of equally intense community. I often retreated to one of the many places of refuge scattered across the island ~ wandering across the rocky beach with the oystercatchers in the early morning hours, sitting among the stony ruins of the nunnery to journal on sunny afternoons, trudging down the dirt roads late at night as the sheep shuffled around and the corncrakes issued their rusty calls. Iona is a good place to be in community,
but it is also a good place to walk in solitude with God.

5 comments:

Carol said...

Safe travels and enjoy your time with the Lovely Daughter. Beautiful thoughts on your time in Iona. We all need to find such times and spaces for reflection and solitude.

Lisa :-] said...

Some day...

Paul said...

What did God have to say?

LightYears2Venus said...

That Hopkins quote brought back an intense memory of my freshman year of college in Calif. I went to a craft fair and there were all manner of notecards and posters by a Catholic nun from Immaculate Heart College in L.A.--darn, I can't remember her name! Sister.... They were all the rage in the late 60s. Did you ever know her art? I shamlessly stole her design of a dove with that quote and made my own Christmas cards for the first time. Thanks for the memory and have a fabulous time in Oregon!! You must be on a fall break. We'll be anxious to hear all about it--will you see Lisa?
*debbi*

Paul said...

More seriously, this may be a good place to say that the whole photo essay on the France-Scotland trip has been remarkable. Thank you and congratulations on both the experience and the accounting of it.