|Skellig Michael Island: County Kerry, Ireland, Courtesy of Dreamstime
Indeed, the rock that rises seven hundred feet and is a mile around has an otherworldly atmosphere about it. I know, because our family had the opportunity to tour Skellig Michael in the summer of 2018. That same mystical quality is most likely why Lucasfilm chose Skellig Michael to be Luke Skywalker’s Island Sanctuary on the planet Ahch-To in the 2017 Star Wars epic, The Last Jedi.
For over five hundred years,
the monks who made the island their permanent home lived a rudimentary
existence collecting rainwater in cisterns and living off birds and fish. They
also gathered birds’ eggs and feathers to trade with passing boats for cereals,
candles, and animal hides. Meanwhile, the monks spent their days praying,
copying Scripture, and tending their gardens.
Neither Viking Raids in the eighth century, nor harsh stormy gales could dissuade the monks from living a life of religious devotion on the island. It wasn’t until the late twelfth century that the monks of St. Fionán finally decided to leave the island for the priory founded at Ballinskelligs on the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula.
Georgetown, Colorado Nestled in the Colorado Rockies: Courtesy of Dreamstime
Hamill House can be seen in the lower left-hand corner.
|Wassail and Caroling, Hamill, House, Georgetown, Colorado: Donna's Gallery 2019
Weaving history and faith into stories of intrigue and redemption grew out of Donna's love of history and English literature as a young adult while attending the United World College of the Atlantic—an international college in Wales, U.K. She still loves to explore peoples and cultures of the world, developing plots that show how God’s love abounds even in the profoundly difficult circumstances of our lives. Her stories reflect the hunger in all of us for love, forgiveness, and redemption in a world that often withholds second chances.