Wednesday, March 17, 2010
All I need to know about Ireland or St. Patrick, I see in the eyes and smile of Seamus Bryne. Any of you who know Seamus can attest to the Irish heart that lives in his soul.
I must have added at least 10 years to my life span just in the lilting laughter I have shared with Seamus. Finally after almost ten years and over a dozen visits from Brother Seamus to the US, we travel to Ireland this year. As I pour thru books and travel guides and websites looking for the hidden treasure, I realize, I have already found it. I have traveled to Ireland many times, I know the green lush soil, the music and good humor. I know the sustaining faith and committment to God. I feel the pain and the glory in every note of "Healing flute music" and I have been on a trip with St. Patrick himself in the music of "Patrick Land" In the US, this day is a day of wearing green, getting pinched and green beer. That is all good and fun, but what Patrick brought to Ireland was the mending of the Sacred Hoop. Love could not keep him away. He was in love with the Irish hillsides, the Irish people and culture. He came to give and to take nothing. He came not to destroy any belief but to enhance it with love and hope. That is what mending the sacred hoop is all about. It is about loving each other and sharing more hope, more spirit and more lilting laughter!