Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Soulfaring: Celtic Pilgrimage Then and Now

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Soulfaring: Celtic Pilgrimage Then and Now

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Soulfaring: Celtic Pilgrimage Then and Now. By Cintra Pemberton, O.S.H. Harrisburg, Pa.: Morehouse Publishing, 1999. xx + 233 pp. 40 black and white photographs. $17.95 (paper).

Pilgrimage, says Sister Cintra Pemberton, is "a search for the holy." For actual pilgrims and armchair pilgrims alike, this author serves as a kindly and knowledgeable guide to selected holy sites in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Isle of Man. First she surveys the history of Christian pilgrimage from early Celtic traditions of wandering evangelists and scholars, through medieval pilgrimages to sites of holy relics and healing miracles, to contemporary revivals of spiritual pilgrimage today. But the heart of her book is the evocative descriptions, with illustrative photos, of fifteen specific holy sites ranging from the famous (Croagh Patrick, Iona, St. David's) to the relatively obscure (Tobar na Mult, Maughold, Patrisio).

Based on her extensive experience as leader of popular Celtic pilgrimage tours, Pemberton's account is part travelogue, part spiritual journal, part guided meditation. She constantly urges her companions to move beyond tourism to pilgrimage by encountering the Christian communities (both living and dead) at the various sites. …

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