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A Pilgrim’s Day
December 9, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
One of the earliest ways that Christians designated themselves was not as “people of the Book” (as the Jews did) but as “people of the Way.” From the very first, Christians experienced the truth that they had not arrived but that they were always “on the Way”. We could say that Christians grasp something centrally important about themselves when they acknowledge that they are pilgrims – being “on the Way” with Christ, being “in the world … but not of the world,” being “sinners yet called by Christ to follow Him.”
Goals of such a day, other than what we have mentioned here, are: (1) to explain what having a rich and deep interior life means; (2) to explain what is meant by the discipline of spiritual direction, and when one should practice that discipline and for how long; (3) to explain what formal religion is for in the first place, showing how often people simply do not understand what in fact religion is; (4) to explain how the Christian Tradition (capital “T”) includes both Scripture and a very wide pattern of interlinked traditions (doctrines, visual arts, music, pilgrimages, liturgies, sacraments, other spiritual disciplines, the lives and writings of saints, etc.), and so to explain how many aids to spiritual growth the Church offers to pilgrims.
This Pilgrim’s Day will focus on the practice of Spiritual Direction, with a sub-theme of The Mystery of Advent.