I am newly home from a ten day pilgrimage to Ireland.
The trip sought to stimulate questions provoked by land. How is it place shapes soul? Do rocks and stones indeed cry out story?
Indeed they do. The group visited sites where intrepid souls carved out space in which to worship and learn. Centuries ago, the building blocks of shelter from the wind and cold were heaved out of the land and placed one upon the other and within that stone womb life stirred.
Those on pilgrimage stood in shell after shell of worship space. Many of them no longer had roofs, since conquerers throughout time have had a keen sense that spiritual questing often leads to resistance of civic power used to oppress. Worship site after worship site had been sacked by powers seeking to silence the sound that can not be stilled: the keen and croon of soul.
We who journeyed joined with that song; the song of soul seeking voice, witness, community and healing.
We listened to the wind and the song of the stones.
We sing on.