Pilgrimages Begin Here and Now…

University of St. Catherine, better known as St. Kate's
University of St. Catherine, better known as St. Kate’s

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.

Beautiful gardens leading the eye to the pond
Beautiful gardens leading the eye to the pond
Looking west towards Minneapolis
Looking west towards Minneapolis
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