by The Right Reverend J D E Davies, Bishop of Swansea & Brecon
Sharing the Light
Walking for World Peace with the Celtic Saints of Gower
I am very pleased to endorse this book, written by Pam Evans the founder of Peace Mala, and I warmly commend it to you as you seek to enter into the spirit of Pilgrimage which it captures so beautifully. The book began as an account of the journey made towards the Peace Mala Pilgrimage which is due to take place on Gower at the end of July 2012.
Pam shares with us a very personal and inspirational journey as she seeks to convey some of the stories of the people and places that have led to the Pilgrimage in its present form and how it evolved and developed along the way. She also shares the stories of the 3 sacred lights that will be carried on the Pilgrimage and which I hope and pray will bring something of the light and peace of Christ to those along the way they are carried.
The book begins with a helpful introduction that captures the essence of pilgrimage and immediately draws us in to share some of the vision and enthusiasm that underlies much of this project.
There is a wonderful section on the Celtic Church and a sharing of the stories of saints such as Teilo, Illtyd and Rhidian who were so influential in the development of early Christianity on Gower. Pam explores some of the local traditions of Holy Wells and springs and other sacred sites that have made up the ‘sacred geography’ of this special place for many centuries. This creates an encounter with an older spirituality that has also been very significant in shaping the lives of the people who live and work in this place.
Throughout the book Pam demonstrates how pilgrimage is an important means by which we, in our modern world, can reconnect with our spiritual roots and with the lives and stories of the people of faith gone before us. It also helps us to reconnect with the natural world and to see the presence of the sacred all around us in the beauty of special places such as Gower.
I hope that you will be inspired to undertake your own pilgrimage around the sacred sites of Gower and elsewhere. As you travel may the saints journey with you and be your constant companions on life’s journey as well.
Bishop of Swansea & Brecon
The Right Reverend J D E Davies