Saturday, March 17, 2012
Since we are still eating our green rice krispie treats, I think it is still okay to post about St. Patrick...right?
A little over a year ago we had the great privilege of traveling to Ireland. Though our original intent was to connect to St. Declan (a special family saint for us and a predecessor to St. Patrick), we found ourselves very taken with the story of the more famous Saint of Ireland.
The view behind M is what can be seen from the Hill of Slane. This is the spot where St. Patrick lit his famous Paschal Fire to challenge the Druid Kings and convert the local people to the One True God. As you can see, it would have been visible for miles around.
We also visited the Hill of Tara, sometimes called the Hill of the Kings which was the seat of the Druid kings of St. Patrick's day. Once a year the Druids lit a fire on this hill that was meant to stand out as a beacon to all within eye sight of the hill. All other fires were outlawed on that night. And on one such night, in the 5th century, the Druid Kings were shocked to see anther fire burning bright on a nearby hill.
It was the Paschal fire lit by St. Patrick.
|Now there stands a statue of St. Patrick on the Hill of Tara. |
St Patrick, pray for us!
Another famous St Patrick spot is the Rock of Cashel with its ancient ruins and stormy weather
(well at least it was windy and rainy the day we were there....I'm sure it isn't EVERY day!).
Thursday, March 8, 2012
If you have never read the Pioneer Woman, here is a good blog post to start with. You will get her sense of humor, and her wonderful normalness...another invented word... What I mean is, yes, successful bloggers with TV shows and books published do embarrassing things just like you and me....or at least me. It is an old post that I stumbled upon and Laughed Out Loud for real.