From my book shelf … links included below
Quotable quotes and a prayer from the To be a pilgrim workshop I led in Geneva recently.
People of all faiths seem to recognize pilgrimage as an essential spiritual practice. In researching WHY this should be the case, there seems to be very little complex theological reasoning involved. Pilgrimage, it seems … has to be walked, and experienced.
Some walk to escape, others walk towards. Some walk in companionship, others alone. Some always have an eye on a destination, others live for a far horizon. … We are all of us, sojourners. A long way from home.
For pilgrimage to be real it has to be a moving experience in more than simply a physical sense. … We do not merely clock up places we have been to and sights we have seen: we are also on a journey of being, an inward journey which cannot be easily catalogued or grasped but is a great adventure nonetheless.
We recognise that we journey in hope; our travelling will be accompanied and celebratory; we pilgrim to Christ and to redemption in him; we will challenge each other in our discipleship and spiritual nurturing to press on with perseverance; we will learn from the wisdom of brothers and sisters down the ages and across all human divides.
On the journey of faith
Far I have come, far I must go.
A Pilgrim’s Prayer
Christ our Guide,
stay with us on our pilgrimage through life:
when we falter, encourage us
when we stumble, steady us
and when we have fallen, pick us up.
Help us to become, step by step,
more truly ourselves,
and remind us
that you have travelled this way before us.
~ by Angela Ashwin, from The Book of a Thousand Prayers, #167
Finding our way again by Brian McLaren
We make the road by walking by Brian D. McLaren
A Pilgrim Way by Ray Simpson
Pilgrimage of a soul by Phileena Heuertz
The Awesome Journey by David Adam
Ancient Paths by David Robinson