One of the elements of Celtic spirituality that most attracts me is its sense of kinship with all of creation. I have written here many times about the connections between animals and spirituality. While I was in Ireland I read several books on Irish history and Celtic spirituality. In Thomas Cahill's book How the Irish Saved Civilization, he describes the prayer of St. Patrick's breastplate as conveying this simple message: "The universe itself is the Great Sacrament." The French Jesuit and scientist Teilhard de Chardin described our interconnection as the "breathing together of all things." All God's creatures are theophanies
The world is holy and luminous, the primary scripture. What does it reveal to you this day of the sacredness of all things? How do you experience the breathing together of all creation?
-Christine Valters Paintner @ Abbey of the Arts