“The pilgrim in me feels the call of moving outward. My inner pilgrim feels a longing to travel. She wants to walk across new landscapes and find herself a stranger. This helps me release what I know and enter into a deeper truth I can only find when I wander.” ~ Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim

What do you discover when you wander?


What bends our heart toward adventure? Is the ground already shaking and we balance with slightly bended knees? Do our memories nudge us forward or our desires pull us into journeys? What draws us toward that first step?

The road

“The road seen, then not seen, the hillside hiding
then revealing the way you should take,
the road dropping away from you as if leaving you
to walk on thin air, then catching you, holding you up,
when you thought you would fall, and the way forward
always in the end the way that you came, the way
that you followed…” ~ David Whyte

What is your road hiding and revealing?


Spend some time gazing at the image. What draws your eyes? What waters are you navigating? What journey does it invite you to take? What feelings or emotions does it evoke in you?

Soul land

“To get to an unknown land by unknown roads, a traveler cannot allow himself to be guided by his old experience. He has to doubt himself and seek the guidance of others. There is no way he can reach the new territory and know it truly unless he abandons familiar roads”. ~ John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul

How do you travel?

One step

“The laborers in the Lord’s vineyard should have one foot on the ground, and the other raised to proceed on their journey.” ~ St. Ignatius of Loyola

Where are your feet?