I have not been on a pilgrimage so I do not have much to say here, but I so desperately wanted to post something other than how sad and tired I am that I decided to give it a shot anyway. This week's Friday Five is from reverend mother:
Hello friends, I am just back from a lovely time of pilgrimage in the isle of Iona, "cradle of Scottish Christianity." It has provided much food for thought, to say the least, and so, to keep the pilgrim mojo going:
1. Have you ever been on a pilgrimage? (however you choose to define the term) Share a bit about it. If not, what's your reaction to the idea of pilgrimage?
I really haven't although I could discuss how going to the beach now that I have moved away or going to the Super Bowl in 1991 are and were pilgrimages for me, I do not want to insult those who are speaking purely of holy experiences.
2. Share a place you've always wanted to visit on pilgrimage.
You know... I really haven't thought about it except to say that I would love to go to the Holy Land but as the mother of a toddler I have more than once made the decision that it is a risk I cannot take.
3. What would you make sure to pack in your suitcase or backpack to make the pilgrimage more meaningful? Or does "stuff" just distract from the experience?
Stuff does distract, but I would be sure to bring a journal and a meditation book and a pocket Bible.
4. If you could make a pilgrimage with someone (living, dead or fictional) as your guide, who would it be? (I'm about thisclose to saying "Besides Jesus." Yes, we all know he was indispensable to those chaps heading to Emmaus, but it's too easy an answer)
Hmmm, good one. I would bring Ladyburg and Listing Straight because they both have the right balance of knowledge and levity. Of course we would need to get Ladyburg reasonable shoes.
5. Eventually the pilgrim must return home, but can you suggest any strategies for keeping that deep "mountaintop" perspective in the midst of everyday life? (don't mind me, I'll be over here taking notes)
All the things I don't do - consistent prayer/quiet/meditative time. And since you are taking notes reverend mother I want to wish you extra good luck with that now that #3 is almost here.