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The Holy Call of Doubt: See – Pilgrimage of Resurrection through Creative Practice (a love note)

This is the second in a series of eight reflections over the season of Easter on making a pilgrimage of resurrection. Word for today: See “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”  — John 20:24-25 “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. We joyfully announce it. [And yet] I realize that my faith and unbelief are never far from each other. Maybe it is exactly at the place where they touch each other that the growing edge

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April 11: Pause – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for today: Pause The monk in the world knows that holy pauses are essential for discovering the meaning of our experiences. There is no map. We can only drop deep into our hearts to guide us through our next steps. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective Question: Reflective Question: Where do you find space for silence and solitude so that you can listen to the whisperings within?   Next steps: Let the word, quote, and question inspire your creative practice today. (Download the list of daily words here.) Use the hashtag #soulofapilgrim when sharing on social media. Join the Holy

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April 10: Touchstone – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for today: Touchstone We need practices to act as touchstones so they can sustain us during the journey. They help remind us that the journey will take us beyond our narrow visions and connect with the sacred ground of being. We open our hearts and minds to a more intimate connection to the One who created us and in the process we start to discover our created purpose. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective Question: What intentional practices, (e.g. art-making, meditation, chanting, yoga,) could you commit to in order to help cultivate

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April 9: Discovery – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for today: Discovery Art-making as pilgrimage helps us to understand the arts as a process of discovery about ourselves and about God. When we enter the creative process with the intention of listening for the movements of the Spirit, we discover new insights about ourselves and God. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective Question: Can you allow yourself to view your art-making as a meditation practice, and in this way let yourself be led by the divine impulse within? Can you leave behind your preconceived ideas and inner critical voices, and enter the unknown

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April 8: Yes – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for today: Yes The feast of the Annunciation remembers Mary’s own pilgrim journey of saying “yes.” She walked into the unknown with only her trust in God to carry her…..What we are not told in the story is the long interior journey of the heart Mary went through before she said yes. This is where our imagination must enter the story and make it our own. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective Question: Can you imagine Mary pondering the possibilities and weighing the options before reaching her decision, resisting her “yes”, even while

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April 7: Call – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for today: Call This call to embark on a rigorous journey of reclaiming ourselves and our relationship to the divine often comes without our bidding. There are many reasons we might begin an inner pilgrimage. Perhaps we’ve experienced a great loss: a job, our health, a dear friend, a sense of identity, financial security, or a marriage. We know we can’t return to life as usual. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective question:  What call has summoned you to set out upon your journey to transformation? Have your life circumstances forced you

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April 6: Intention – Pilgrimage of Resurrection
(A Creative Journey through the Easter Season)

Word for today: Intention A pilgrimage is an intentional journey into this experience of unknowing and discomfort for the sake of stripping away preconceived expectations. We grow closer to God beyond our own imagination and ideas. —Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within Reflective question: In what ways might you begin to question and challenge the deep seated expectations, assumptions, beliefs and attitudes underlying your life? How might setting out on a pilgrimage transform your inner vision and perspective? Next steps: Let the word, quote, and question inspire your creative practice today. (Download the list of daily

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