One of Fr John’s sermon mentioned a story of his spiritual formation and his director talking about “thanks-living,” really living gratefully for the gifts of others. Everything this week makes this ¬†point. I am overwhelmed by the welcome we received from our French hosts, the guidance , patience, and good humor of our leaders, and the friendship and thoughtfulness of the pilgrims. What a blessing to have had this opportunity for reflection and fellowship. I hope to look for the gifts of others around me when I return to work tomorrow. I pray that I say and “live” thanks throughout the everyday pilgrimage waiting for me back home.

Written by Maureen Dawson