Thursday, January 19, 2017

Blessings of Landscape and Travel

Now that we have hit the half-way mark of our trip to Ireland, I find that some initial reflection on the many blessings that God has given us. One thing that has struck me deeply so far has been the beautiful setting that God given us to visit and study. Whether it is the rolling hills or beautiful manor houses, we are constantly surrounded by God's spectacular creation.

This is a look at St. Patrick's Seminary in Maynooth, where we live and have class. Simply walking through St. Joseph's courtyard every day is a treat.

The College Chapel, as seen here, is one of the hidden treasures of this campus. Even after having traveled around Europe in the past, this is probably the most beautiful Church building I have ever been in. Several of us often pray our holy hour or pray Evening Prayer in this majestic chapel.

In addition to these sites on campus, just a short walk on the main road through the town and down a tree-lined lane lies Carton House.

This old manor house sits lordly looking over vast acres of fields and hills.

Taking advantage of one of the few sunny days that we have had, some of us went out for a walk on the grounds of Carton House simply to take in the scenery. After going on a walk for several hours on the grounds, we all agreed that this is simply some of the most stunning landscape that we have ever seen. Blessed be God!

Another great blessing of our time in Ireland has been our trips to many different places around the island. Yesterday, we had the grace and the privilege to take a day trip to Dublin. While in Dublin we visited Trinity College, saw the Book of Kells, and went to the Chester Beatty Library, which had several ancient documents and artifacts from around the world, including several of the oldest fragments of some of St. Paul's letters! Sadly, we were not allowed to take pictures in most parts of the museums. However, here are some pictures of the Long Room Library at Trinity College with a few pictures of some faces that might be familiar.

After the museums, we all split up and roamed the city of Dublin. Some men went to the Irish Parliament.

Others went to the Catholic Pro-Cathedral of St. Mary's.

Still others went to the Guiness Storehouse and while some went to the Temple Bar. But no matter where we went, we all walked at some point along the Liffy!

All in all, it was a successful and glorious day in Dublin (despite the occasional drizzle.)
Oh! And let's not forget the blessings of friends! Now that we are half-way through our trip, I am excited to see what God has in store for us for the second half!

1 comment:

  1. This is a wonderful peek into life in Ireland - Faith, landscape, architecture, friendship. I don't think the Irish could capture it any better than you have. God bless the travelers!