Friday, July 20, 2012

Latest writing

I would like to thank Leslie Morgan for encouraging me to start this blog. 

August 5, 2013

 When I was posting my last entry onto my From a Pilgrim's Point of View page, I noticed that the spacing and size of the posts varied. In trying to correct this problem on the HTML page, I accidentally deleted the whole page and have been unable to retrieve it. If anyone has a copy of what was on it I would deeply appreciate it, since I never made a copy. I would be delighted to put your name here as the person who made it possible for me to retrieve my lost page. Thank you very much in advance.

July 25, 2013

From a Pilgrim's Point of View

When I was in high school, I would sometimes hang out with friends in a way I haven't done since. We would sit or lay around, sometimes with music playing and sometimes in complete silence, and just be present with the others. No word or touch was necessary; we were simply there for each other, immersed in the moment and in our joy at being at one with each other and the world.
 Now the only time I find that kind of silence is when I am alone with God. It can be in front of the Blessed Sacrament or at home in prayer, but the focus isn't on other people at all. Except in the Adoration Chapel, there aren't other people at all just being there in the quiet with me; in the Adoration Chapel the focus is strictly on Jesus.
And I deeply miss the kinds of friendships where we know each other so well that we just spend quiet time together without having to say a word; where we just are together. Even trying to get my friends to be quiet for a few minutes is difficult; perhaps they have concerns and difficulties that they can't let go. Perhaps they've never spent time quietly just being around other people. I don't know why they are uncomfortable with silence, but they are.
On pilgrimage my job was to take care of the cross and to make sure everyone got a chance to carry it each day, so I was usually surrounded by fairly boisterous people who sang loud praise songs. The more they carried the cross, the quieter they became, but each day brought different local people who began the day very loudly. The tired pilgrims who walked at the end, I was told, were quiet, but I didn't have the opportunity to find out for myself if this was so or not because of my responsibilities.

Index

Why I Believe in God on the Freedom of Religion page, in progress.
Sex and Marriage on the Freedom of Religion page, in progress.
Called To Be Single at the bottom of A Pilgrim's Point of View page, finished June 23, 2012.
Freedom of Religion at the bottom of the Freedom of Religion page, finished July 7, 2012.
From a Pilgrim's Point of View at the top of A Pilgrim's Point of View page, in progress.
Religion and Politics on the Freedom of Religion page, in progress.