How the Irish civilized England

From the Catholic Herald Christmas edition Monasticism had begun in the deserts of Egypt under St Anthony, but after the practice spread west and was popularised by Benedict of Nursia it was keenly taken up by the Irish. Like the Egyptians, they found plenty of harsh, unforgiving places where they could get closer to God. Nowhere was more unforgiving than Skellig Michael. The monastery there was founded before the 8th century and at some time became associated with… Read on