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on the journey

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we are pilgrims

we are pilgrims, we are missionaries
we are journeyers.
we are called to the two-fold journey of going within,
deeply and courageously into our hearts
and of going out compassionately
and justly to the world.

this call to be a pilgrim
is a call to make the world our home,
to learn the truth and to do the truth.
it is a call to contemplative action
to make all space and time sacred
and to make sacred space and time
to know with the heart
that the Word is not beyond our strenth
nor beyond our reach;
to know that flight is not the life of a missionary
but rather the invitation
to give up control and enter into the unknown.

it is a call to travel the road of conversion
and not to fear the truth,
to live the way of simplicity
and live the daily with less.
it is a call to embrace the shared life,
to collaborate with all persons,
to claim nothing as our own –
time, money, space, gifts, ministry.
it is a call
* to be with the poor and the powerless,
* to stand in solidarity with those who have none
* to live with limitations
* to empower for alternative living
* to experience the suffering of others as our own

it is a call to be a pilgrim people,
to know we are unfinished,
to be in awe at the mysteries of life,
to risk trust, intimacy, transparency,
to be known in truth.
we are beacuse the God of our life is faithful
and will finish what God has set out to do in us.
amen.

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