May 24: León (Daily Reflections)

Prayer of Pilgrimage

Eternal God,

give us the courage to set off on pilgrimage.

May we travel unhindered by worldly possessions

simply trusting in you for all that we need.

Sometimes our hearts will be heavy as we plod along

and our feet will ache and feel dirty.

Other times we will rejoice as the sun shines

on the path stretching before us.

May we ponder the truth,

that the pilgrim’s journey is never finished till they reach home. Amen

 

Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? There is no one but us. There is no one to send, nor a clean hand, nor a pure heart on the face of the earth, nor in the earth, but only us, a generation comforting ourselves with the notion that we have come at an awkward time, that our innocent fathers are all dead—as if innocence had ever been—and our children busy and troubled, and we ourselves unfit, not yet ready, having each of us chosen wrongly, made a false start, failed, yielded to impulse and the tangled comfort of pleasures, and grown exhausted, unable to seek the thread, weak, and involved. But there is no one but us. There never has been. There have been generations which remembered, and generations which forgot; there has never been a generation of whole men and women who lived well for even one day.