There is a popular phrase I've seen plastered on t-shirts, bumper stickers and coffee mugs: "all those who wander are not lost". It pays homage to the idea that wanderers with no particular destination are not in fact lost or in need of direction. They are enjoying the beautiful scenery or taking the long way … Continue reading The Wandering Pilgrim is not Lost
Not too long ago there was a popular phrase everyone was using. For the first time in nearly one hundred years a pandemic swept across the globe. The merits of this global event will assuredly be debated unceasingly. Regardless, the impact on daily life was swiftly impacted. The world quickly turned a corner with respect … Continue reading Was Life Ever Normal?
We begin the pilgrimage of Lent today in the Catholic Church and many Christian communities worldwide. On this journey, through fasting, almsgiving and prayer we return to God with our whole heart as it is so eloquently written by the Prophet Joel in the Old Testament (Joel 2:12-18). In the New Testament, Paul reminds us, … Continue reading Ambassadors For Christ
One year. 365 Days or 8,760 hours or 525,600 minutes or 31,536,000 seconds. One year's time. Now might be an appropriate time to talk about new years. Did you know, in my estimation, the average person experiences between three to four new years every year? This is important in so far as what a 'new … Continue reading New Year. New Leg of the Journey.
I recently re-watched the television series 'Lost', a television program that aired early in the 21st century, from 2004 to 2010. I submit to you that I caught a few episodes here and there somewhere between 2009 and 2010. I was not as fully committed to the characters or the plot then as I was … Continue reading Moving On
As we celebrate the American tradition of Thanksgiving and now begin the journey towards Christmas, it may not surprise many that my thoughts turned to the original Pilgrims that set sail from England and arrived on the shores of our beautiful and blessed Nation in 1620. My intention in this brief post is not to … Continue reading Pilgrim Journey
The Autumn equinox was September. We transitioned from Summer to Fall. The long warm summer nights give way to chillier winds and fleece pullovers. The growing season for crops peak and the harvest takes precedence. It must take a precedence before the winter sets in. As a child I remember driving through the countryside with … Continue reading Seasons Change. So Do We.
When hiking it is inevitable that there will come a fork in the road. It is inevitable then that I will faintly smile and recall a familiar poem by Robert Frost, "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down … Continue reading Two Roads. One Path.
Under normal circumstances, receiving an invitation on a Sunday is unusual. The post office is closed and no mail is delivered. Then there is Sunday Mass. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the first reading from the prophet Isaiah. In my more formative years it was a passage that consoled me during a very challenging … Continue reading RSVP to Grace
Wanderlust. A strong desire to travel. Think of your last trip. The excitement of seeing a new place. The very act of traveling itself whether by plane, train, automobile. Watching the miles pass by. In motion. On a mission. Dare I say, on a pilgrimage? Traveling beyond our boundaries taps into a primitive yearning I … Continue reading Wanderlust