were made of daub and wattle, or cobbled up from stone, without mortar, in an ancient self-reinforcing way, corbelling, into the so-called "behive cell." Those pictured here were built by the disciple of the great St. Brendan the Navigator, St. Fionan, in the early 600's. They are perched 700 ft. above the roaring Atlantic on Skellig Michael, "a desert in the sea," off the tip of the Kerry Peninsula. They testify to the supreme Passion of Jesus which gripped men to "lose themselves," beyond the circles of the world, in this transforming, intimate communion with Jesus and His Father in the mysterious Gift of the Holy Spirit.
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