‘Pause and Ponder’ is a series of reflections inspired by the Pilgrim Path at Lough Derg.
The latest reflection from this series is highlighted below.
‘Banded Gneiss’ along the Pilgrim Path with Fr La.
Up at St Davog’s Seat with a group of pilgrims,
I cannot resist the obvious pun about these ‘nice rocks’.
On St Brendan’s Bed, bare pilgrim feet
meet and tread this banded gneiss.
It provides St Brigid with her Chair
and the stones that rest beside her Well.
Banded gneiss is the bedrock all the way
from here to Ballyshannon –
legacy of a meeting, aeons ago,
between two of the earth’s tectonic plates.
The meeting modified the very structure
of rock laid down long before as quiet sediment.
What meetings, I ask myself, have most deeply
formed and transformed me?
Fr La Flynn, Prior
22 February 2021
The earlier reflections are listed below
Reflection Frosty Lockdown
Reflection Day of New Beginning
Reflection Muddy Tracks
Reflection ‘Midwinter Holly’
Reflection ‘Pilgrimage in the Frost’
Reflection ‘Old Roots, New Shoots’
Reflection ‘The Blessing of Space’
Reflection ‘Reflecting on Reflections’
Reflection ‘Insignificant Sphagnum’
Reflection ‘The Magic of Mushrooms’
Reflection ‘The Gift of the Rainbow’
Reflection ‘The Uphill Path’