July 14

Reflection

A pilgrimage is a journey of spiritual significance to a shrine or location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith. Sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey into someone’s own beliefs. Spiritual journey is a phrase used by many  religions to mean the gradual development of persons as they grow in understanding of God, the world, and themselves. It denotes an intentional choice to grow deeper in knowledge and wisdom. Many religions attach spiritual importance to particular places: the place of birth or death of founders or saints, or to the place of their “calling” or spiritual awakening. Such sites may be commemorated with shrines that devotees are encouraged to visit for their own spiritual benefit. A person who makes such a spiritual journey is called a pilgrim.

Prayer

May I journey toward my own truth.

Action

Live as a pilgrim walking on the spiritual  journey toward wisdom and compassion. Be open to the journey into the roots of your deepest self.

Suggested Reading

He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey.
Mark 6:7-11

Yet the Lord pleads with you still: Ask where the good road is,
The godly paths you used to walk in, in the days of long ago.
Travel there, and you will find rest for your souls.
Jeremiah 6:16

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Proust

The longest journey
Is the journey inwards
Of him who has chosen his destiny.
Dag Hammarskjold

We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars. Our quest, our earth walk, is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.
Lakota Seer

The spiritual journey does not consist in arriving at a new destination where a person gains what he did not have, or becomes what he is not. It consists in the dissipation of one’s own ignorance concerning one’s self and life, and the gradual growth of that understanding which begins the spiritual awakening. The finding of God is a coming to one’s self.
Aldous Huxley

We don’t think about pilgrimage in this country. We don’t think about meditation. The idea of taking a six-week walk is totally foreign to most Americans. But it’s probably exactly what we need.
Emilio Estevez

Life is a journey, Love is the destination.
Victoria Marshall

Journey derives from the French for distance traveled in one day (jour).

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