Pilgrims All

The horrific train crash in Spain carried many travelers who were making the traditional pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella. As a recent book by a former assistant at Incarnation points out, pilgrimage is an important part of every religion, and it is as popular today as it has ever been. Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook’s Pilgrimage: A Sacred Art also details the spiritual benefits of seeking holy places. As Kujawa-Holbrook says, this search is “a journey to the center of the heart.”

Even those who aren’t vacationing can think about the places we consider sacred. I know a group that regularly meets for coffee that still bemoans the loss of the French coffee bar where they began meeting. The place has been closed for years (when it was open, the service was atrocious!)–yet it was for members of the group a kind of sacred space because it was where they were together every week.

Central Park is one of my places of pilgrimage in the city; I would also add a few spots where I can walk along the Hudson. These places remind us that we are always on a journey toward the destiny God has for us. —J. Douglas Ousley

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