Pilgrim Progress Characters

John Bunyan’s main character is Christian who was stricken by spiritual crisis and set out on a pilgrimage to find salvation.  
In his journey he met an Evangelist, Obstinate, Pliable, Help, Wordly Wiseman, Hypocrisy, Discretion, Piety, Prudence, Charity, Faithful, Angels, Despair, Hopeful, Talkative, Contrite, and others.  But of course, Christian has a special guide that steers him to the right path. 
Strange names for these characters are present in the dynamics of being part of big group on a pilgrimage.  Strong characters that we all play a part with the hope that peace and healing will come our way.  Just like Christian, our deep faith and belief, we are guided by the Holy Spirit. 
It would be absurd to think that we are full of virtues just because we are on a spiritual quest.  However, we strive to see the goodness of one another.  Sure, disagreement can surface; that is the reality of it all.  
There seem to be more questions than answers when we pray along the way.  The force of evil will make sure that peace will be broken amongst us.  One has to be aware of this as it happens and not let it take over our will.  
As for me, I bear in mind the teaching of Thomas Merton on the journey of a pilgrim, that it is a time for solitude to deepen our love, faith and prayer. 
O Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.  
Nor do I really know myself
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.  
I hope that I will never do anything
apart from that desire to please you.
And I know that if I do this,
you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.  
Therefore, will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear,
for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me
to make my journey alone. 
 

30 thoughts on “Pilgrim Progress Characters

  1. This was beautiful Perpetua. I pray your pilgrimage is blessed, and that the Lord reveals Himself to you. He said that if we seek Him with our whole heart we will find Him, and that’s my prayer for you!

    Much love,
    Cheryl

    • Thank you for your prayers, Cheryl. My prayer for all of us in the wide world of web that may our own personal GOD will bestow us what is good for us and give us the wisdom to know the difference. Peace. Perpetua.

  2. The journey is at times arduous and filled with a number of potholes (many of them human). But I believe that the desire to please you
    does in fact please you.
    God knows we are children (though often we ourselves forget) he is so full of mercy. thanks for your thoughtful look at the journey…

  3. It sounds like you’re living a modern version of Chaucer’s Canterburry Tales. Many interesting characters on the path of enlightenment.

    • Hi Sean, I’ve never heard of this Tale. I must check this out in the library. And the path of enlightenment, you are included. Blessings to you.

      • One of the very first books written back in the 12-13th century by Geoffrey Chaucer. It’s such an amazing book, it’s still readable 700 years later. But it’s quite the collection of characters who were pilgrims to the holy land. It’s not very long and you can find it any book store.

      • Oh dear, I just got back from Chapters and library, I knew I forgot something. Eek. Thanks for the reminder, Sean. Having a senior moment.

    • K-O-Z-O, my virtual friend. Gosh, we get that in daily life. Faith, hope and charity to set us free. Hmmmp…again can’t breath from the bear hugs. Flying kisses to your boys. Namaste. Perpetua.

    • Thanks, Emily. Thomas Merton is the newest kid in the block about Mysticism, how he help link the East and West together. He was an activist in early life and suddenly, BOOM, he had a calling. Love his writing. I will make sure I’ll have a grand time.

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