Friday, March 9, 2007

Saint Patrick's Purgatory

This sounds like a wonderful place in Ireland, the ideal spot for a Lenten retreat. Local tradition as well as substantiated historical evidence and artifacts prove that Saint Patrick did pray in seclusion on the island of Lough Derg, performing penances for his new flock of wayward Irish converts. It is called "Saint Patrick's Purgatory" because of the cave that was supposed to lead to the nether world. People are still able to make pilgrimages on this holy site, going barefoot and fasting on tea and toast, while sleeping in bee-hive cells, just like the old monks. I really hope to go there someday.


Alice Gunther said...

Sounds like an incredible destination.

And I wouldn't mind fasting on tea and toast in Ireland!

elena maria vidal said...

Neither would I!