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A strange appearance, known as the “Scanlan Lights,” is connected with the family of Scanlan of Ballyknockane, Co. Limerick, and is seen frequently at the death of a member. The traditional origin of the lights is connected with a well-known Irish legend, which we give here briefly. Scanlan Mor (died A.D. 640), King of Ossory, from whom the family claim descent, was suspected of disaffection by Aedh mac Ainmire, Ard-Righ of Ireland, who cast him into prison, and loaded him with fetters. When St. Columcille attended the Synod of Drom Ceat, he besought Aedh to free his captive, but the Ard-Righ churlishly refused; whereupon Columcille declared that he should be freed, and that that very night he should unloose his (the Saint’s) brogues. Columcille went away, and that night a bright pillar of fire appeared in the air, and hung over the house where Scanlan was imprisoned. A beam of light darted into the room where he lay, and a voice called to him, bidding him rise, and shake off his fetters. In amazement he did so, and was led out past his guards by an angel. He made his way to Columcille, with whom he was to continue that night, and as the Saint stooped down to unloose his brogues Scanlan anticipated him, as he had prophesied. –St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour, True Irish Ghost Stories

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story involving supernatural intervention in the events of humans.

Journaling Prompt: What do you believe about stories like the one above?

Art Prompt: Angel on call

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about St. Columba (Columcille) and his exploits.

Photo Credit: Saint Columba converting the Picts on Wikimedia

Arcadia II

In the twelfth century, a letter started circulating around medieval courts. This letter was from Prester John, the ruler of a utopian Christian nation with utopian societies and perpetual miracles. It was one of the first fantasies about stepping through a special passage to a magical land.
For three centuries, European monarchs sought out the kingdom of Prester John. Cartographers put in on maps, moving it from Asia to Africa to the Americas, as geographic knowledge expanded. Expeditions, many of which never returned, were sent out bringing letters and gifts to the great king. –Esther Ingliss-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene set in the time of Prester John.

Journaling Prompt: How do you envision a perfect place? 

Art Prompt: Utopia

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell the story of Prester John and how it captured the imaginations of people.

Photo Credit: Daniel Stark on Flickr

Big Heart of Art - 1000 Visual Mashups

I believe that there are miracles all around us every day. We just need to open our eyes and awareness to see them.

Miracles occur naturally as an expression of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle. –A Course in Miracles by Dr. Helen Schucman

Writing Prompt: Write a scene where a character experiences a miracle of love.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a miracle of love that you have experienced.

Art Prompt: Love

Photo Credit: QThomas Bower on Flickr
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