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Give ear to our prayers, O Lord, and direct the way of your servants in safety under your protection, that, amid all the changes of our earthly pilgrimage, we may be guarded by your mighty aid; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Look  at this image of pilgrims along the Camino in Spain.  What is your first impression?  Now look more deeply and notice a detail that captures your attention.  Is it the hikers, or the stones of the trail, the distant landscape?  What do you see?

Reflect.  When we think of pilgrimage, we may imagine going to a well-known place where other people of faith have traveled, sometimes under precarious, dangerous uncertain conditions.  Consider that your everyday life, no matter where you are, whether you are physically traveling or not, is a spiritual pilgrimage experience…one that characterized by changes.  Especially during Lent, become aware of a destination that awaits you, knowing that you will arrive safely, under the protection of the Divine One.  Think about what may be changing for you right now, as you continue on your journey.

Act. Become aware of something changing in the life of someone you know.  Find a way to be present to that person, at least in prayer, letting them know that you travel alongside as a companion on the pilgrim’s way.  How will you do that?

Thanks for taking part in New and Contrite Hearts. Your comments are very welcome—let others know what you saw and experienced. Until next time, may you have a most blessed Lent.

Music: “Ambient Sonata”  /Album:  Ambient Sonata  /Artist: Dee Yan-Key

Image:   “Pilgrims ”   /Place: The Camino, Spain /Photographer: Jon Shematek

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