Bradley strips away romanticized notions of Celtic spirituality and offers a carefully researched vision of the historic faith and its contemporary possibilities. Each of the six chapters follows the same format: the first half exploring a ...
particular theme (monasticism, blessing and curing, penance and pastoral care, worship, the communion of saints, and pilgrimage) as it was expressed in Celtic Christianity in its golden age from the 6th to 10th centuries. The second half discusses the relevance of this theme today and suggests how it might be applied in practical terms to contemporary Christian life. Ultimately Bradley proposes building "colonies of heaven"--communities of prayer, artistic and creative activity, hospitality, and team ministry.