On Pilgrimage: The Initial Burst

The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that. Norman Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth Dear Pilgrims, In my last note I began to talk to you about the nature of pilgrimage, its first and second steps. We recognize […]

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Working for Justice

In the second episode of the Pilgrim’s Notes podcast, Dr. Montgomery talks about working for justice, using Jesus’ declaration of Jubilee in Luke’s Gospel as a launching point. It is a reflection on the appointed Gospel lesson for the Third Sunday after Epiphany, January 27, 2019. You can stream the episode at ThePilgrimHouse.org or download […]

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Dignity and Worth

You may stain your sword with my blood, but you will never be able to profane my body, consecrated to Christ. Saint Agnes of Rome, martyr (c. 291 – 304) There are times in the journey of life when we face the harsh realities of our existence. That harshness all too often comes in the […]

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Healing Waters

After all the people were baptized, Jesus was baptized. As he was praying, the sky opened up and the Holy Spirit, like a dove descending, came down on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” The Gospel according to Luke […]

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God Beyond the Walls

Kings remote and legendary will pay homage,    kings rich and resplendent will turn over their wealth.All kings will fall down and worship,    and godless nations sign up to serve him,Because he rescues the poor at the first sign of need,    the destitute who have run out of luck.He opens a place in his heart for the down-and-out,    he restores […]

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Learning from the Stranger

The first episode of the Pilgrims’ Notes podcast explores the story of the Magi from Matthew’s gospel account in preparation for the feast of the Epiphany on January 6, 2019. I talk about learning from the stranger, keeping our eyes open to wonder, and the dangers of trying to hold on to power. You can […]

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Trust, Love, and Acceptance

The Word became flesh and blood,    and moved into the neighborhood.We saw the glory with our own eyes,    the one-of-a-kind glory,    like Father, like Son,Generous inside and out,    true from start to finish. John 1:14 (The Message) Advent, which ended last night, is the season in which we learn to be patient. We don’t like waiting. We hate the […]

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