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Finding Fruitfulness in the Resurrection of the Body: Fruit – Pilgrimage of Resurrection through Creative Practice (a love note)

This is the fifth in a series of eight reflections over the season of Easter on making a pilgrimage of resurrection.  Word for Today: Fruit In the gospel reading for this fifth Sunday of Easter, Jesus offers us the image of the vine and the branches. When we abide in what is life-giving we will bear much fruit. This season is a beautiful opportunity to reflect on what is most life-giving for us and embark on a pilgrimage toward our own growing fruitfulness. Ultimately, pilgrimage is meant to lead us back home again with renewed vision. Resurrection is about discovering

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May 2: Roadlessness – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for Today: Roadlessness The second-century bishop and theologian St. Irenaeus wrote that the true pilgrim was to live life in a state of ‘apavia’, a Latin word which means “roadlessness.” He called for a posture of deep trust in the leading of the Spirit, rather than human direction. In essence, he taught that the place where we don’t know where we’re going is also the place of greatest richness. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective Question: What would it mean to embrace roadlessness in your own life journey? Where are the places

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May 1: Wander – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for Today: Wander ‘Peregrinatio’ is the call to wander for the love of God. It is a word without precise definition in English and means something different than pilgrimage. This wandering was an invitation into letting go of our own agendas and discovering where God was leading. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective Question: Can you trust that the impulse for the journey is always love, that God is both the destination and the way?   Next steps: Let the word, quote, and question inspire your creative practice (Download the list of daily words

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April 30: Yield – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for Today: Yield We are called to yield in each moment to a greater presence at work in our lives. We must surrender our egos and our willfulness for a larger wisdom to move through us. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective Question: Can you allow a holy pause and notice where you are “forcing things,” and then simply let them go?     Next steps: Let the word, quote, and question inspire your creative practice (Download the list of daily words here.) Use the hashtag  #soulofapilgrim when sharing on social media. Join the Holy Disorder of

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April 29: Wild – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for Today: Wild The spiritual journey calls us out into the wild places where God is not tamed and domesticated. We are asked to release our agendas and discover the holy direction for our lives. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective Question: How will you answer the invitation to yield your desire to control the unfolding direction of your life?   Next steps: Let the word, quote, and question inspire your creative practice (Download the list of daily words here.) Use the hashtag  #soulofapilgrim when sharing on social media. Join the Holy Disorder of Dancing Monks Facebook

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April 28: Fullness – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for Today: Fullness God does not call us to one particular path that we scrutinize and discover. God calls us to the fullness of living which can be manifested in a multitude of ways. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective Question: Can you learn to trust yourself enough to hear the voice of the Divine calling you to what is truly life-giving?     Next steps: Let the word, quote, and question inspire your creative practice (Download the list of daily words here.) Use the hashtag  #soulofapilgrim when sharing on social media. Join the Holy Disorder

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April 27: Momentum – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for Today: Momentum On a true pilgrimage, we soon discover that the journey has its own rhythm and momentum. We realize, if our hearts are listening, that there are secret destinations that reveal themselves as our path unfolds. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective Question: As you set out upon your pilgrimage, can you leave behind your maps and guides, your desire to know beforehand which path to follow, and loosen your grip on plans and certainties? Next steps: Let the word, quote, and question inspire your creative practice (Download the list

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