Wednesday, March 17, 2010
St Patrick's Day: A Pilgrim
In 2001, I went on a pilgrimage to St. Patrick's Purgatory on Lough Derg in northern Ireland. The legend was that Patrick came to this island and looked into a cave and saw the gates of Purgatory. The legend continues: if you go there three times in your life, you miss having to go to Purgatory when you die.
It is an incredible pilgrimage: 3 days of walking barefoot on an island, in which it gets to the 30s (F) degrees at night, and the first 24 hours on the island is an all night vigil.
I then went to Croagh Patrick, the mountain (hill) top which he drove off the vermin from the land of Ireland.
Here's to you, St. Patrick!