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This Pilgrim’s Progress

Christians, on pilgrimage toward the heavenly city, should seek and think of these things which are above. This duty in no way decreases, rather it increases, the importance of their obligation to work with all men in the building of a more human world. Indeed, the mystery of the Christian faith furnishes them with an excellent stimulant and aid to fulfill this duty more courageously and especially to uncover the full meaning of this activity, one which gives to human culture its eminent place in the integral vocation of man.
from Gaudium et Spes

Throughout the documents of the Roman Catholic Church, we are commonly referred to as a “Pilgrim People.” By this, it means that we are away from our heavenly home; caught, as it were, between two destinations.

This particular metaphor for the church has long captivated me because it seems to so greatly illuminate who and where we are. In meditating on what it means to be a pilgrim people, there a few things that stand out to me:

1) We’re no nomads – We do not roam from place to place, making temporary home wherever we land. Rather, as pilgrims, we press forward to a destination. We know where they have come from and where we are going. We are seeking the image of Christ, to grow in his likeness and be with him in eternity.

2) Pilgrims never travel alone – Pilgrims stick with other pilgrims. They band together their strength and their resources to protect themselves from all kinds of threats that face them on their journey. In the same way, we must challenge one another, pushing each other forward to reach the end of our journey through discipleship, encouragement and accountability.

3) The pilgrimage is part of the experience – We are called to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phillipians 2:12-13). Each of us is on a journey of transformation. The reward is not just found in the destination, but in the journey itself.

Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life and that you may have it to the fullest” (John 10:10). God gave us the Holy Spirit as a counselor and a deposit of our eternal life in him. Therefore, the full life in Christ does not wait to begin in heaven. It begins here and now, as we work to deepen our walk in faith, and evidence our faith in acts of love and charity. The journey of this life, spent in loving service of Christ, is a foretaste of what is to come in fullness when we reach our destination.

With these ideas in mind, I present “This Pilgrim’s Progress,” a collection of thoughts, meditations and prayers my journey with Christ.

Who am I?
I am a husband, a father, a son, a brother, an uncle, a ministry leader, an employee and a follower of Christ. My name is Chris and, I think you’ll find, I’m a lot like you. I’m trying to grow in my faith in Jesus Christ while drinking of the deep well that is the Roman Catholic Church. I’m a guy in my late twenties who loves his wife and his three young children.

I’d love to learn more about your pilgrimage and be encouraged by the testimony of faithfulness you’ve experienced. I hope that this blog becomes a source of great encouragement to you as I develop its content and begin building a readership.

God Bless,
Chris

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim Provence permalink
    July 9, 2010 9:25 am

    Hi Chris:
    Very nice work! Always keep in mind that, in our own strength, we cannot love and serve others/spouse as Christ Loved the Church. For me, getting myself “out of the way” to allow the Holy Spirit to minister to others through me (and not doing it in my own strength) has and will always be the key. I liked your comments concerning marriage. Marriage is indeed a life of servanthood- not about “what can I get out of it”. It takes the “I” out of the equation. May God continue to work through you as you minister to your family and those who God brings along with you on this most magnificant journey of life.

  2. September 8, 2010 9:22 pm

    Chris,

    I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say I think your site is fantastic! What a wonderful resource and a refreshing perspective from a Catholic man who loves his faith. I look forward to staying in touch and spreading the Good News.

    Blessings,

    Dustin

  3. David permalink
    March 29, 2011 9:21 am

    Nice site, Chris. Visit mine-rootofjesse2.wordpress.com. I’m a faithful Catholic about twice your age, but only been Catholic 5 years. Where are you located? Just asking because I engage speakers for my parish, but our funds are tight. I’m in California, by the way.

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