Here are a few questions to help us reflect on St. Ignatius’s pilgrimage and ours.
What aspects of Ignatius’s life resonate with you most, and why?
What principles of pilgrimage (see Monday’s post) have you discovered already on your own life journey?
- Pilgrimage presents itself, but we decide to go or stay.
- The pilgrim path never goes in a straight line.
- God uses our mistakes, our lack of knowledge, and our weaknesses all along the way.
- We learn by walking.
Would you add any principles to this list?
What would you say to someone who is struggling to say yes to pilgrimage—to someone afraid to start or needing more certainty?
What would you say to a person who is experiencing confusion because her path is going a different direction than she expected?
Any of us who has used a GPS system to guide a physical journey has encountered the term “recalculating”: it means that we went off course, and now the GPS is coming up with an alternate route to get us back on track. When your life has gone off course and God is having to recalculate for you, what practices can help you remain calm, hopeful, and faith-filled?