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What is Pilgrimage?
"A journey to a holy place, undertaken for religious reasons; a
journey to a place with special significance."
To the above definition, which was taken from the dictionary, we
might add, "to reunite a person with their center of being and help to restore
their relationship with their Creator."
Sometimes just getting out of the routine for a few days or a
few weeks can help us re-center and kindle or rekindle the fire of a passionate
life devoted to love. Catholic Traveller's mission is to inspire busy
people to take time out now and then for retreat and pilgrimage - to allow
the Spirit to enter and heal and renew us, so that we return to our
everyday lives better able to see and serve Jesus and Mary in all
those around us.
Peace of Christ,
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I know, it's Lent. I should be
writing about Ash Wednesday, or penance, or the Pope's resignation. I
think all that's pretty well covered in other people's blogs. I was
reading an article in the January issue of The Catholic
Worker about "The Church and Climate Change". This
started the wheels turning in my head. Regardless of which theory you
subscribe to, I think it can be generally agreed that there is an enormous
amount of environmental pollution and waste that has been going on for decades.
I am glad the Church takes the stand that, as stewards of the earth, we
need to be proactive in protecting it for future generations. About time.
I'll save the farther-reaching issues for those who are much more educated
and intelligent than I am.
The article did bring the issue closer to home for me. I
frequently think about these things in relation to what small part I play in
them. Though I do try to drive less, my loved ones are dispersed and I
like to visit them. I homeschool my son, but he plays hockey 50 miles
away... I cannot imagine life without a car. A car = freedom and
I heat my home with a woodstove - renewable energy - and resist
the temptation to use the air conditioner for all but the 3-6 hottest weeks of
the summer. It helps that it is a window unit, which I install and remove
every year. I just delay installation until the heat is unbearable.
I disagree that my few head of backyard livestock contribute
significantly to greenhouse gasses. In fact, they have contributed
significantly to the fertility of my soil so far. They also contribute
dairy products and eggs for my household and meat for the freezer. They
eat the weeds on ten acres, thereby reducing the fire hazard and eliminating the
need for gas powered weed control.
I will admit that I have a ways to go for gardening success.
I try to reuse packaging and buy in bulk. I use and reuse every
possible drop of water, it is Northern Arizona, after all.
I enjoy the internet, my cell phone, kindle and netflix.
I like to flip a switch and have light and I really like the indoor
outhouse. I may not ever be as "green" as I really could be. I'm
still on the grid, because it would take 15 or more years to recoup the switch
to solar - my usage is rather minimal. I take delivery of propane, because
I do a lot of cooking on my gas stove, my gas clothes dryer gets used 2 or 3
times a week, though I occasionally hang clothes outside, and I have the gas
heater for emergency back up. Still, I only use 150-200 gallons of propane
a year, when I don't use the heater.
Honestly, I'm not quite sure where I rate on the scale of
being a responsible, green Catholic. I do try to simplify as much as
possible and in doing so, I use less. Besides, in this part of Arizona, if
you don't like the climate, wait 5 minutes. It'll change.
Copyright 2013 Robyn Dolan
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