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Thoughts on Pilgrimage

And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,
no matter how long,
but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home.

Wendell Berry

Pilgrimage: 1) A journey to a sacred place. 2) Any long journey or search, especially one of exalted purpose or moral significance.

What a great description of Spiritual Direction. In direction, our spiritual journeys are quests to find what the creator intended us to be – to uncover the true person and to open ourselves to become all God intended.

Road ahead I remember walking a labyrinth laid out on a rough, bare hilltop, the paths marked with stones, patches of weeds and wildflowers here and there. Along the way were tokens left by travelers before me – a beaded bracelet, a feather, a bit of silver, small stones – perhaps left at the point of an experienced insight or blessing.

Just so it is in direction. When we become purposeful, mindful and actively engaged in listening for God we begin to meet fellow travelers – fellow seekers. We may find sentences in books or passages of music that seem to be there just waiting for us.

A pilgrimage is something you undertake, not something that is done to you. Direction is the same. It is your conscious commitment to the process that asks “who am I called to be” and sometimes “what am I called to do.” The author Ursula LeGuin wrote, “It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”


Photo credit: ManojVasanth

July 6, 2009   Comments Off

A Journey of Intention

“The journey is taken in order to find out what sort of journey one has been taking.”
The Wounded Storyteller, Arthur W. Frank

Spiritual Direction, or Spiritual Friendship, has been part of the Christian tradition for centuries.

In Spiritual Direction, we look intentionally at our journey with God in order to uncover God’s presence in our life. The director and directee meet, acknowledging the presence of the Holy Spirit, to discern together how God is present and active in every-day events.

It is through the spiritual life that we feel connected to God, but our spiritual life can have ups and downs.  Sometimes we experience closeness to God. Sometimes times we feel cut off and find ourselves with no sense at all of God’s presence. It’s as if we’re in a drought or desert. One woman at a retreat said, “If I were to describe my relationship with God; I’d say it was like separate bedrooms.”* Everyone laughed, but if you’re there it can be devastating. Spiritual Direction can help us gain perspective and often leads to a deeper sense of the Holy in our lives.

*Little Pieces of Light, Joyce Rupp

August 19, 2008   Comments Off