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Celtic Christian Spirituality:

Timothy J. Joyce, OSB, CELTIC CHRISTIANITY:  A SACRED TRADITION, A VISION OF HOPE, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1998.  (An excellent short presentation of the basic history of Celtic Christianity.)


Ian Bradley, THE CELTIC WAY, London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1993.  (A very readable short presentation of the essentials of Celtic Christian spirituality.)

Philip Sheldrake, LIVING BETWEEN WORLDS:  PLACE AND JOURNEY IN CELTIC SPIRITUALITY, Boston, MA: Cowley Publications, c. 1995.  (A discussion of place and journey, both important concepts to the Celtic mind, as keys to understanding Celtic spirituality.)


Esther de Waal, EVERY EARTHLY BLESSING:  REDISCOVERING THE CELTIC TRADITION, Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publications, 1999  [Originally: A WORLD MADE WHOLE, 1991.]  (A beautiful and sensitive presentation of the key aspects of Celtic spirituality.)


Esther de Waal, THE CELTIC WAY OF PRAYER, New York, NY: Doubleday, 1997.  (A simple presentation, based on wide scholarship, of the Celtic Christian approach to prayer.)


J. Philip Newell, LISTENING FOR THE HEARTBEAT OF GOD:  A CELTIC SPIRITUALITY, New York, NY: Paulist Press, 1997.  (An examination of Celtic spirituality through the medium of important figures in its history.)


J. Philip Newell, ONE FOOT IN EDEN:  A CELTIC VIEW OF THE STAGES OF LIFE, New York, NY: Paulist Press, 1999.  (A prayerful reflection on the stages of human life, from birth to death, seen through the prism of Celtic spirituality.)




Oliver Davies and Fiona Bowie, CELTIC CHRITIAN SPIRITUALITY:  AN ANTHOLOGY OF MEDIEVAL AND MODERN SOURCES, New York, NY: Continuum, 1995.  (Texts set in their own time and context.  Includes an excellent introduction to Celtic Christianity.)


CELTIC SPIRITUALITY, Translated and Introduced by Oliver Davies, The Classics of Western Spirituality, New York, NY: Paulist Press, 1999.  (Varied texts described and placed in context.  Also includes an introduction to Celtic spirituality.)



 Celtich Christian History and Theology:

Peter Beresford Ellis, CELTIC INHERITANCE, London: Constable, 1992.  (A scholarly study of Celtic Christianity and of its history in each of the Celtic lands of northwestern Europe.)

John Scotus Eriugena, THE VOICE OF THE EAGLE:  HOMILY ON THE PROLOGUE OF SAINT JOHN, Christopher Bamford, translator, with introduction and reflections, Hudson, NY: Lindisfarne Press, 1990.  (Eriugena, born in the early ninth century, is an outstanding Celtic mystic and philosopher.)


B. R. Rees, PELAGIUS:  LIFE AND LETTERS, Two Volumes in One, Volume 1, PELAGIUS:  A RELUCTANT HERETIC (1988), Volume 2, THE LETTERS OF PELAGIUS AND HIS FOLLOWERS (1991), Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK, and Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 1998.  (Pelagius, active in the fifth century, though much maligned and condemned by the Church, has much worthwhile teaching in the Celtic spirit.)Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK, and Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 1998.  (A judicious and scholarly presentation of Pelagius' life.)


James P. Mackey, ed., AN INTRODUCTION TO CELTIC CHRISTIANITY, Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1995.  (Chapters on various aspects of Celtic Christianity.  Includes M. Forthomme Nicholson, "Celtic Theology:  Pelagius," on pages 386-413.)


Thomas Cahill, HOW THE IRISH SAVED CIVILIZATION, New York, NY: Doubleday/ Anchor, 1995.  (Both scholarly and written in a lighter vein, describes the work of the Irish monks and scribes in preserving the heritage of Western civilization during the Dark Ages.)

Matthew Fox, ORIGINAL BLESSING:  A PRIMER IN CREATION SPIRITUALITY, Santa Fe, NM: Bear & Company, 1983.   (A study of creation which, while not ignoring sin, sees our world as good and uplifting.  Reflects the Celtic spirit on which it draws.)

            Matthew Fox, THE COMING OF THE COSMIC CHRIST

For Prayers in the Celtic Spirit 

Alexander Carmichael, CARMINA GADELICA:  HYMNS AND INCANTATIONS COLLECTED IN THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND IN THE LAST CENTURY, Hudson, NY: Lindisfarne Press, 1992.  (Contains numerous prayers in the Celtic spirit, asking God's blessing on all aspects of life including the most mundane activities.)


THE CELTIC VISION, Selected and Edited by Esther de Wall from the Carmina Gadelica, Petersham, MA: St. Bede's Publications, 1988.  (Selections presented by themes, with an introduction to each theme.)


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