Tuesday, June 13, 2006
The twelve Stages of Pilgrimage:
In the book SACRED JOURNEYS the author has broken her chapters into TWELVE stages of pilgrimage.
Longing - Getting Ready - Setting Out - Sacred Way - Adventures and difficulties - Midway: Going on or turning back - Doubt and Hope - Drawing near: anticiaption - Arrival: excitement and preparation - Climax: encounter with the unknown - Reflection and Redirection: and Coming Home.
We have been through stages one and two and are now at Stage Three - Setting Out.
This is the stage where, ".. the pilgrim must shed his or her security blanket, the web of everyday concerns and people that makes us feel safe and competent and on familar ground."
So, we will leave behind all that is familiar and safe. We will be 'homeless' for 30 days. We are ready for the lessons that such a journey can teach us and we hope that our journey will reap rewards for the needy.
We will carry with us the words of a 9th-Century Irish text (sent to us by Peter Robins, a fellow pilgrim):
"Pilgrim, take care your journey's not in vain,
A hazard without profit, without gain;
The king you seek you'll find in Rome, it's true,
But only if he travels on the way with you."
WISH US LUCK!!