What is the definition of a Pilgrim and why does my phone want to capitalize it? According to Webster Dictionary, a pilgrim (without the capital P) is “1. a person who travels about; wanderer  2. a person who travels to a shrine or holy place as a religious act  3. Americanism: (P-) any member of the band of English Puritans who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620.” By this definition I am definitely not a Pilgrim (though some have accused me of being puritanical.) ?

Peace Pilgrim said that her pilgrimage was for the cause of peace, rather than to a particular place. I have called myself Earth Pilgrim because I see my pilgrimage as for the cause of the Earth, or the environment. This is true, but my pilgrimage is also for peace, beauty, love and goodness.

That our American government has once again taken the bait and used violence as a means of combatting violence is evidence that we are still caught in the strange belief that evil can be overcome  by more evil. “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind” is a quote by Gandhi that has yet to be taken seriously by the powers that be.  And so it is.

I understand that some are marching today to protest the recent attack on Syria, another type of pilgrimage for a particular cause. I am with them in Spirit.

This wanderer is still not able to walk long distances, though she continues to get better each day. How could this have happened??  I ask myself. I felt so sure that this was my calling, and I still do. I felt ready and able to walk a thousand miles or more! What is my God trying to tell me?

I mentioned in a previous post that I am reading a book about St. Francis, another pilgrim of sorts. In it, the author, Murray Bodo, states that

“Francis’ heart always beat faster when he recalled those three openings of the Gospels:

“If you wish to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions, and give to the poor… and come, follow me.”

“Take nothing for your journey, neither staff nor knapsack, shoes nor money.”

“If any man will come after me, let him renounce self, take up his cross and follow me.”

I don’t think I wish to be perfect, but I do want to continue on this journey. Could it be that my foot is trying to tell me that I need to be more like a true pilgrim, one who literally takes nothing with her? I have said that I am walking on foot and on faith, but am I really when I bring everything I might need for any possible occasion? Walking on faith means that the pilgrim trusts his or her Higher Power, however he or she understands it, to provide what is needed in any circumstance. That is what gives the pilgrim the courage required to even start on the journey. Bringing a backpack, tent, stove, etc. is proof that one does not have the required faith to be set free from the bondage of self-reliance.

Do I have the courage to truly walk on Faith? Am I a true pilgrim? I am seeking the answer.

19 thoughts on “Pilgrims

  1. You are a pilgrim in my eyes, Jody. Perhaps just a prepared one, but not because you lack faith, but because you are prepared to do all you can for yourself and then leave the rest to spirit. How can we expect our God to help us when we won’t help ourselves first. I see it as a partnership. You walk for peace and spirit walks with you.

    1. I agree with you, Debbie. It is a partnership, and we are all pilgrims, walking a spiritual path whether it goes from town to town, or stays in one geographical area. I’m in the mood for seeing new things and meeting new people, is all. ♥️

  2. I know that st Francis was right! Just start walking with a true heart–compassion… the world will respond–at least 50% of those who are not oppressed… you can camp here anytime for free in pristine Native American land by the ocean ❤️

    1. How sweet! Thank you so much Paul! I hope I can do just that for a time.

  3. That’s an amazing question, Jody. Courageous even in the asking. I know you will know, because you seek and you listen.

  4. Jody, we so admire your courage and your commitment. I think your journey as a pilgrim requires a certain amount of practicality in these times in order to keep going. Nothing wrong with having the means to sustain your journey. Too many things going on in the world now to take them all on. Enjoy your surroundings and the people you meet. Rich

    1. I appreciate your support, Rich, and your kindness, as always!

  5. or maybe, you just happened to injure your foot. There is no deeper meaning other than let it get better and continue your journey

    1. You may be right, Lynn. I like your practical attitude. Whether there’s an underlying message or not I will find my way. ?

  6. Palm Sunday greetings-this is from today’s San Carlos bulletin-I find that when I need a word or two to keep me going-something appears that fits my current longing for a sign: Father Patrick referenced a prayer from Father Mychal Judge, the Irish American Franciscan who was a victim of the 9/11 attack-a beloved minster of the NY Firefighters he rushed into the Twin Towers & died while administering prayer. He had this prayer copied and distributed them freely:
    “Lord, take you where you want me to go. Let me meet those who you want me to meet. Tell me what you want me to say. And keep me out of your way.”
    Hope this give you comfort my dear Jody, Loved, Bella

  7. Jody, the Lord is with you at all times as long as you are open to receive and in faith.
    Your healing will come with time and you will continue. He will pave the way for you
    all you have to do is fallow. You will know when you are ready. Your wonderful friends are giving you unconditional support stay open and receive. You are an amazing person and I love you for who you are.

    1. Thank you Dora for your kind, calming words of faith. I agree with you. I just need to stay centered in my connection to that still, small voice within.

      I hope your Holy Week is precious.


  8. Hi Jody;
    Maybe your foot injury was your HP protecting you from the rain & wind storm that occurred. I believe my HP gave me the gift of common sense to use. A backpack with supplies ( including cooking utincils) a tent & sleeping bag- to me is common sense for a long journey. Also a book or guide w/pictures on eatable plants would be useful. 🙂
    Hope to see ya soon !!!
    Terry & Moo

    1. I like your suggestions Terry! I like to think that my HP has good reason for this injury. More will be revealed. ?

  9. Hi Jody…just thinking of you out there. Hope your foot gets better and you can carry on…Love, Diane

  10. “We ask especially for freedom from self-will, and are careful to make no request for ourselves only. We may ask for ourselves, however, if others will be helped. We are careful never to pray for our own selfish ends. Many of us have wasted a lot of time doing that and it doesn’t work. You can easily see why.”

    I wonder what HP wants you to do.
    Your entire course has changed as a result of this “layover”.
    You will be at the same places at different times, different people put into your path.
    All because of this delay.
    I trust there is a reason for this, that has nothing to do with you.
    No need to wish it to be anything else other than what it is.

    As Byron Katie says “when you argue with reality, you lose . . . but only 100% of the time.”

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