Departure Day

St. James the Pilgrim

What can be said about those pilgrims who are now moving towards the door, getting ready to leave all that is familiar and comfortable behind. Heading off into a foreign land and unfamiliar terrain. This is the true sense of pilgrimage. Moving out of your comfort zone, finding and embracing truth wherever it lies, strengthening your faith, and above all being good to those many in need that you will encounter. There are blessings and prayers a plenty to give pilgrims a sense of peace and place. What is needed is for pilgrims to shoulder the burden of the path that stretches out before them. Let them promise to themselves that each step of every day will be a recommitment to the virtues of love and peace that will bind them to the way they are walking.

Isaiah the prophet encourages us to….

“Seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while he is near. Let the scoundrel forsake his way, and the wicked man his thoughts; let him turn to the Lord for mercy; to our God, who is generous in forgiving.”

It is with this renewed sense of being that we set out upon the pilgrim road, once again, cloaked in the hope of enlightenment, searching for the light even on the dimmest of days. Alleluia!

Peace be with you

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