The Reek is an old traditional holy place. It is a place of pilgrimage, penance and prayer. When people go there, it is generally with particular intentions. They might need prayers for someone who is sick or in trouble; someone who is worried or in pain. There is a strong sense among people that the doing of penance for another, will help that person and give them strength. Many people return to the Reek in thanksgiving for a request granted and these visits are occasions of joy.
I love climbing the Reek, it’s a hard climb alright but it’s worth it. I feel better in myself, it’s a good thing to do and I feel closer to God after it.
By climbing the Reek, people believe that they have come closer to God physically. God is to be found within the journey and this God listens and hears everyone’s prayers. The journey itself becomes the prayer.
Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you