What is The Pilgrim’s Door?
Everyone who comes to a new place is consoled when someone is there to welcome him or her, who says, “Welcome. What brings you to our door and seeking?”
Sometimes, the best answer a seeker can give to that question is, “I am not sure, but I think that I am supposed to knock here.” Sometimes, the pilgrim has a clear idea of what he or she seeks but does not have the right name for it. Sometimes, the traveler wants to get to a destination now, when a discerning teacher would counsel him or her to pass through another destination first. Sometimes, a wayfarer seeks a resting spot, where he or she can find a wise and available listener for one, substantial conversation – the strengthening of a weary soul – after which he or she continues on his or her way.
Tara Ludwig of the Institute is she who looks after this door, this most accessible and discerning way into all the ways the Institute works for the awakening and deepening of people. She is not only exceptionally alert spiritually, and with theological breadth, but she also gives evidence of her Italian heritage when she, at this metaphorical door, is able to say so compellingly, “Welcome! Come on in and let me find you a chair, get you something to eat or drink, and then we can talk about what or whom you seek here.” In other words, The Pilgrim’s Door is the first and most accessible expression of “the art of friendship” as it relates to the central habits of the Institute.
While The Pilgrim’s Door is the most accessible point of entry into all that the Faber Institute offers, it is also an entry-level place in itself: a place to visit for substantial conversation – a visit that may be just the thing, and “enough”, for a particular pilgrim.
So, “knock”! (Mary Edmonds is she who makes sure that Tara hears that knock.)