Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I gave a talk on pilgrimage at Emory and Henry College, in which I pulled on the string of thought that pilgrimage is a trail we walk shadowed by a story.
I heard someone say or write something similar recently, and liked it in terms of putting our life journey into the context of a larger story that we are part of, and in which we find meaning.
The problem with it is linear: not all journeys are linear, and same with stories.
Also: how does one understand the multiple levels of how a story, and a pilgrimage, affect us?
Finally: is it my story that tells me who I am, or am I the writer of the story? Is it possible that the story is unfolding and not complete?
Friday, February 21, 2014
Come one and all!
Come with us on pilgrimage!
Hi Pilgrims! St. Cuthbert's Way calls you to come and walk to Lindisfarne on this holy trek. Six pilgrims have signed up! Six openings left! Come and walk the way of St. Cuthbert to Lindisfarne, England, a.k.a., "The Holy Isle!" Pilgrims will meet on the night of Sat., May 24, at Melrose Abbey, and end on Thursday, May May 31st on Lindisfarne. This is a 65 miles, or 13 miles a day. The cost for this pilgrimage, which includes tents (tents with cots, tables, chairs and lights!) and 3 meals a day, plus transportation of our materials is $990. Trail Trekkers will provide the tents and meals along the way. There is room for 6 more pilgrims! Any questions? Ask Brett Webb-Mitchell, Director of the School of the Pilgrim, email@example.com/
919-444-9111, or visit: www.schoolofthepilgrim.com: http://schoolofthepilgrim.com/ upcoming.htm
Friday, February 7, 2014
Five people have signed up to walk the way of St. Cuthbert to Lindisfarne! 7 spots left!
Here's the info again:
St. Cuthbert's Way Pilgrimage is happening! Half way towards being filled! Six more spaces open! The pilgrimage is from May 25-31, and is a pilgrimage between Melrose Abbey and Lindisfarne in England. 6 nights, five days walking, with an extra day to process the pilgrimage in Lindisfarne, a.k.a., the Holy Isle. If you are interested in just Melrose Abbey and Lindisfarne, and/or Melrose and Lindisfarne, along with Iona as well, let me know! Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 919-444-9111.
Here's the schedule:
Night 1 (Sunday) - Melrose
Day 1 (Monday) - Three Abbeys in one day
Melrose to Jedburgh (passing Dryburgh Abbey - resting place of Sir Walter Scott - on the way)
Night 2 (Monday) - Jedburgh
Day 2 (Tuesday) - Jedburgh to Kirk Yetholm
Night 3 (Tuesday) - Kirk Yetholm
Day 3 (Wednesday) - Kirk Yetholm to Wooler
Night 4 (Wednesday) - Wooler
Day 4 (Thursday) Wooler to Beal (passing St Cuthbert's Cave en-route)
Night 5 (Thursday) - Beal
Day 5 (Friday) Beal to Holy Island (Lindisfarne)
Night 6 (Friday) - Beal
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
It snowed in our patch of earth in NC last night.
This morning, it was smooth whiteness around our yard...until the dogs went out and left a trail of paw prints and more. Criss crossing the yard were lots of paw prints and skid marks where the dogs flellt trying to get a toy out of the snowy yard, or urinated.
Likewise, earth is full of such criss crossing paths. We just don't see it as prominently because of the ability of grass and dirt to quickly revive from our trampling.
Nothing like snow to remind us how we all leave our path upon terra firma.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Gospel reading? Matthew 4:12-23.
The thrust of the passage? Jesus calls James and John to "follow me." Forget the dad, Zebedee: the thrust is with the young sons. Let dad go home with mom, though there is no doubt that soon or later he is going to a follower of Jesus.
32 times, the word "Follow" shows up in the Gospels.
That some times means going places we may not want to go, but must go.
That's the thrust of pilgrimage: Follow.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Amid the announcements of the Oscar nominees this morning, I must say that "Philomena" had the most feel of a pilgrimage, among the "announced" nominees (though others NOT nominated also have the feel of pilgrimage). The pursuit of the mother who is looking for her child taken away from her while she was (almost) held "hostage" at a nunnery in Ireland had the feel of pilgrimage all over it. As Philomena pursued the whereabouts of her son, the son did the same. The satisfaction (spoiler alert) is at the end, when Philomena finds the cemetery site of her now-deceased child...right at the nunnery.
See this film!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
This is Spanish for walking, hiking, or path-following. It literally means walking on trails.
Peregrino is pilgrim.
Soon I will leave for a brief Spanish "senderismo" as a "peregrino" with other veteran pilgrims of Santiago de Compostela. I can't wait!