To be a pilgrim is to see through a different lens — to look for God as you journey, to notice your surroundings, to be delighted by the transformation of the ordinary.
I live not even a mile away from the University of St. Catherine, better known as St. Kate’s. But I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve ventured into the campus. Until recently.
A couple of weeks ago I walked up to St. Kate’s to find their labyrinth. That’s the subject for another post. But as I wandered through the campus I was struck by the quiet beauty of the grounds. It was a beautiful summer morning; the birds sang, the sun streamed through the leaves, and God seemed very near. Suddenly this ordinary place became extraordinary — a place of pilgrimage.
I have passed by St. Kate’s thousands of times. I have seen it from the perspective of the photo above. But below you can see how different the same place looks from inside looking out.
I was awestruck by the beauty of the reflecting pond, the carefully plotted plantings, the spectacular view. All of which I would have missed if I hadn’t ventured through the gates and up into the grounds. A pilgrimage begins here and now.