In homemaking, one thing I would like to encourage is to give value to the innermost experiences of your soul, not just the outward. In other words, homemaking is not just about whether or not the house is picked up or the everyone has clean underwear (although those things are nice, ) , but how you feel about your family and your home during each season. How does your homemaking reflect the seasons of your soul.
This is the eve before Lent begins in the Western Church. Before you decide to click off this page because you are not Christian or anything else, realize that Lent is a season that anyone can celebrate. It is a journey of the heart and the mind, a time of examination and stillness, a time of renewal of life, of renewal of mind heading into a spring that right now seems so far away. For me, Lent is a time where I deliberately examine my own choices – how I am using my time, am I serving my family, am I taking care of myself? It is a time to find a renewed source of strength.
I would like to walk through these days with you with my favorite friends: some of the Celtic Holy ones. I love the Celtic Saints, or you can just call them your Celtic Holy Companions, because they were so very interesting and inspiring and I do think they represent a point of commonality amongst all Christian denominations and form a bedrock of Western Civilization. In Advent, we often travel through Advent and mark St. Nicholas Day and Santa Lucia Day for cultural reasons, for religious reasons and for personal reasons to find light in the darkest of days. Why not do this in Lent? There are wonderful holy people to be celebrated during Lent to inspire you to renewal.
Here is a brief background, based on my understanding of the early Celtic Church, that might help you understand the Celtic Saints a little better:
I am part of the Episcopal Church, which is part of the Anglican Communion. We trace our roots back to Great Britain and through that to the original apostles of Jesus. Roman soldiers brought Christianity with them when they headed over to Britain in the second century AD. By the fourth century AD, after two hundred years of Roman occupation, most of the population was Christian, but when the Roman legions withdrew, the Christians had to cope with waves of pagan invasion and Christianity was pushed west into Wales and southwest into Cornwall. The cultures of Wales, Scotland and Ireland became an influential foundation for Christianity today. And from this history and in these areas, some of the greatest evangelists of the church, the greatest saints of the church arose: St. Ninian, St. Columba, St. Patrick and more.
The roads of the Romans never went into Ireland, and I don’t think went very far into Scotland or Wales. People walked long distances and prayed along the way. This Lenten season, I invite you to journey with me and my companions as we walk together in a homemaking of the soul.