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Celtic Conversations with Mary Earle

I am delighted to introduce a new podcast series, Celtic Conversations, inspired by my new book The Soul’s Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred and my time living in Ireland. I am hosting a series of conversations with authors, artists, and guides about Celtic spirituality. So find a cozy space and pour yourself a cup of tea. (Also available at SoundcloudStitcher and iTunes).

My guest today is Mary Earle and we had a delightful conversation about being created to be in the rhythms of the whole created order, creation as sacrament, rekindling ancestral knowing, the story of St. Melangell and the hare, St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, and the gift of hospitality.

Mary C. Earle is an Episcopal priest, writer, retreat leader and spiritual director, who taught classes in spirituality for the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest until her retirement.  Her home parish is St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio.  She has authored seven books and co-authored two. Mary has written about the desert mothers, gratefulness and the body, the spirituality of living with illness, Celtic Christianity and the 14th Century English mystic Julian of Norwich. She presently teaches for the Academy for Spiritual Formation and offers continuing education classes at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. Mary and her husband Doug, also an Episcopal priest, live with two border collies, a cat and a lot of gardens.  Their son Jason is a professor of French at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.  Her website is


Mary Earle shared this beautiful blessing from the Carmina Gadelica to begin our time together:

As it was,
As it is,
As it shall be
O Thou Triune of grace!
With the ebb,
with the flow,
O Thou Triune of grace!
With the ebb,
with the flow.

*Opening music track is an excerpt from Simon DeVoil’s song “Water” on his album Heart Medicine (used with kind permission)

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