“Next morning, prayers at sunrise made,
Seclusion of Skellig Mhór, ocean clouds…”

Part 3: Magdalene and Prayer (Last)

Evening meal with Father Blathan, night
At Skellig Mhór, I slept in cold stone cell,
Simple pallet on damp rock slab, candle
For illumination. During our meal, Father
And I talked about Magdalene, prayer, his
Translations similar to Father Tristan’s.
Mary felt prayer was soul’s yearning for
Divine, spiritual rising from body in
Conversation with God. “Within body
Temple, soul resides, collectively all
Christ’s followers are his church, few
Or many, we pray singly or together,
Silently or aloud.”

As learnt from my rural ministry, faith
Can mountains move, reach sick of heart
And body, enlighten weary souls, prayers
Or psalms, touching godhead within us
All. Whilst my visions were not equal to
Those of Mary Magdalene, I  first saw
Darkly, meaning of daily prayers, before,
After meals. Father Blàthan was correct:
“From single line of scripture, understanding
Cannot be attained, whether writings of
Mary Magdalene or four disciple’s gospels,
Mysteries of Christian faith and beliefs.

Next morning, prayers at sunrise made,
Seclusion of Skellig Mhór, ocean clouds,
With Father Blàthan. “Last night, I
Discovered intriguing parallels with
Tristan’s translations,” advised father,
Referring to gospels of Magdelena and
Matthew.* “When Savior visited Caesarea
Philippi, he spoke to pagan worshipers.
‘Who do you say that I am?’ he asked.
“Prophet, Messiah, Elijah, healer,’ they
Answered. Savior brought them to his
Side, all are welcome in God’s eyes.”

“Water Carrier,” Jules Breton, WikiArt.

“Fragmentary verses end there, all we
Have of this encounter with Christ,”
Stated Father Blàthan. “What will happen
To these fragments?” I asked. “They will
Remain here for further study, mean-
While, we continue our service to Christ,
To sick, hungry, to heart-weary,” Father
Replied. Silence. “Sister, I would limit my
Contact with pagans, as you are not Mary
Or Christ.” Hearing that, I offered only
Single nod. Returning to Irish shores, I
Sought those who would listen, Druid
Holy places, their Caesarea Philippi.

*Matthew 16:13-14
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked
his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah;
and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 

For more on Caesarea Philippi, see this link:

Why would Father Blàthan discourage Sister Muriel from ministering to
pagans, specially at their sacred sites? Was he intentionally limiting 
or providing well-meant guidance? Thanks for reading this historical fiction.

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