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Peregrinatio

peregrinatiocolumbaThe Celtic way of pilgrimage “Peregrinatio pro Christo” (Exile for Christ) was usually not about reaching a destination the way most pilgrimages are, but recognising the external  journey itself as a means of progressing on one’s internal journey, the only real destination of which is to reach “the place of our resurrection” when we leave this earthly body for good.

In May 2014, my Dad ceased his journey on this earth and found the place of his resurrection.  Thanks to a small inheritance from him, in September 2014 I will go where St. Columba went in 563…to Iona.

It is a dream I had not thought I would be able to fulfill, and I am humbled and very grateful that I can.

I am well aware of the (loosely translated) quote “Go not to Rome expecting to find anything you didn’t have at home.”  An ongoing theme in my life now is to not look for external fulfillment of internal wants and needs.  Relationships,  places, things, have no ability to satisfy me.  My Source is resident within, Christ in me, the hope of glory.   I approach this pilgrimage as a vehicle for God to work what He wants in me.

St Brendan was perhaps the most famous peregrini, and this prayer, which I am taking as my own,  is attributed to him:

Help me to journey beyond the familiar, and into the unknown.  Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You.  Christ of the mysteries, I trust You to be stronger than each storm within me.  I will trust in the darkness, and know that my times, even now, are in Your hand.  Tune my heart to the music of heaven, and somehow, make my obedience count for You.

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2 Responses to “Peregrinatio”

  1. I’ve been to Eilean Idhe twice before, it is a very special place. I pray your pilgrimage will lead to blessings. Thank you for posting St Brendan’s prayer – I read it at the right time xx