Irish monks used boats called coracles to travel on the ocean in search of a ‘desert place’ in which they found God in a new way. One of the most famous of these monks is Brendan, who set out from the West coast of Ireland out into the vast wilderness of the ocean with a small boat and a simple prayer, ‘Christ of the Mysteries, can I trust you on the sea?’ During this retreat, we’ll hear some of the tales of Irish monks on their journeys and reflect on the coracle as a symbol of contemporary Christian living. We will also explore our own callings to risky living.


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