Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:
Like all archetypes the archetype of pilgrimage is experienced as compelling. Sometimes the reasons seem obvious to the pilgrim and, on the other hand, the reasons offered, especially to the outsider, do not always seem adequate to the compulsion that is felt.
— Jean Dalby Cliff and Wallace B. Clift, The Archetype of Pilgrimage: Outer Action With Inner Meaning
The compulsion to go off and wander—to connect, to complete oneself, to heal a wound—is as old as man himself. It’s certainly been a continuing theme in my life. In my younger days I hitch-hiked all around the country. I once drove from LA to my New Hampshire hometown and back, alone, and made it a pilgrimage by going to Mass every day for seven weeks. I’ve been a pilgrim in California and within the Archdiocese, visiting innumerable gardens, missions, churches, studios, and museums.
But our real pilgrimage is interior. If a pilgrim is defined as “a person who journeys to a sacred place for religious reasons,” then for every seeker who walks the Camino, another never leaves home.
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