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‘Pause & Ponder’ along the Pilgrim Path

‘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.

Banded Gneiss

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’ 

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