Pilgrim Progress

Mt. Sinai

Rugged terrain at Mt. Sinai

Here I am, another Sunday, another sacred space of faith and spiritual journey, more memories and reflections. There are times I don’t want to understand the course of our actions that affect other people similar to a “butterfly effect.” Still, I am still inclined to slowly digest the book Pilgrim Progress written by John Bunyan.

John Bunyan’s main character is Christian who was stricken by a 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 a big group on a pilgrimage.  Strong characters that we all play a role 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.

6 thoughts on “Pilgrim Progress

  1. You talk of good and evil as if they are distinctly different things. They are just different parts of the whole. We all decide what is good,and what is evil by our own standards, and these are seldom exactly the same for all. I understand you have faith, and that is a big part of your strength. I live without, but also strive for good in my life, to be good, to treat other with respect and kindness. I think that is all we can do. Human beings strive for power, and whilst for most of us that is little more than the way relationships play out, for others, it can lead to what we perceive as evil. That is always going to be there, and whilst we might actively fight against it, it is part of the collective human whole, and will always manifest itself within society. What you do, the way you treat others and the kindness and love you give them is a strength that people who chose not to walk that path will never know. And through that their lives will never be happy.
    Perpetua, you bring happiness to those around you, and that is both a strength and a gift.

    • So many good thoughts on your comment, Gavin.if I were to say this in my own thoughts without faith, from the day we are born, we all are inherently good. Just good,no evil. As a human being we are a product of our surroundings. And you are right, we have to choose for the good in life.

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