Today is the Feast Day of Saint Brendan

"The Voyage of Saint Brendan" by nakedpastor David Hayward
“The Voyage of Saint Brendan” by nakedpastor David Hayward

Although the original drawing is no longer available, you can get a very nice print of this drawing HERE.

Today is the feast day of Saint Brendan, of Ireland, known as the voyager who searched the sea for Paradise.

I drew this image inspired by my reading of Brendan: A Novel, by Frederick Buechner. A great read!

The symbolism of the image represents our spiritual journeys. They are often treacherous, deeper than we can imagine, unfathomable in its mystery, full of lands and creatures yet to be discovered, embraced, and integrated, as we sail by the wind of the spirit towards our own spiritual independence.


5 Replies to “Today is the Feast Day of Saint Brendan”

  1. What crazy bravery for that sailor! Though the story may have evolved to myth, it sounds like it is based on a crazy brave man! 🙂 At this point in time, I vote 30% crazy, and 70% brave…. lol.

  2. I’ve always found the word “spiritual” to be pretentious, self-deceptive, and/or confusing.

    What about “personal” or “reflective”:
    my personal journey, my reflective journey, my social history.
    Any other idea of other words?
    It is almost like “spiritual” is just another way to make us feel deeper, more significant, more thoughtful, more kind, more acceptable. All such clamorings can actually be self-destructive in one’s personal/social journey.

  3. Yes I have a problem with the word too. I wish there were a better word. “Inner life” or something like that. Because for “spiritual” suggests “spirit” which suggests “holy spirit” etc. So… I hear ya.

  4. Right, I agree. “Inner life” is good too. “Spiritual Journey” really sounds so weird — like traveling through a place with demons and angels and tunnels of life and big deep voices inside your head and devotion to books …..

    You know my themes, David: “Holy”, “Sacred”, “Spiritual”, “God” — all the things we use to separate ourselves from the real, for others, for honesty …. Yet, even when people leave their weird theologies (and I was one of them), they can’t leave these words. Why? I think because they are still act as identity support to say to themselves, “I really still am special”, “I really still am good”, “I really still am deep and thoughtful” — “I am not ordinary and like others”.

    So, I think word therapy can be useful. How we frame things habitually, locks us in cages we have yet to understand. I think you did a cartoon like that: a jail door is open, but they don’t leave — or at best, they sit just outside the cell, sharing a meal with the guard — the same meager meal they were fed in captivity. Yet they are still inside the prison complex, not mixing with the full world. They have an identity in the prison. They like certain ways of seeing themselves, and the familiar.

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