Tag Archives: pilgrimage

Teach us to pray

Once, after the disciples had observed Jesus praying, one of them said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1-13). So he gave them some words, though it wasn’t words they wanted, and though any words could have served as well, even words they already knew. As observant Jews, the disciples already knew the […]

John Muir, on hiking

From John Muir comes this reminder about how we travel through life. “I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on […]

On getting to know the Sirens

“You are worried and distracted by many things.” The words have dogged me for decades. Jesus addressed them to Martha when she tried to triangulate him into settling her disagreement with Mary about some after-dinner chores (Luke 10:38-42), but they keep hitting their mark in me. So do the ones that followed, “there is need […]

The journey is our home

It takes a long time to make a home. Making home requires us to invest ourselves in a place and a people for years, for a lifetime, sometimes for generations. It’s a process that never ends but is always growing deeper and richer. Yet the fullness of home can be present in a place from […]

Why you need to stay hungry

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, Jesus said. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for what? Most people today, when asked what they hunger and thirst for, probably would not say “righteousness.” My hunch is, if I ask you what you’re living for, you might list several things, but righteousness would […]

The search for silence

Sara Maitland, meet Dorothy Gale, who said at the end: “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with!” Today I read a review of a book by Sara Maitland, A Book of Silence, in […]