Extreme Pilgrim finds “Happy Step Making”
It is interesting that in just a week or so I have had one person who is leaving on a Christian mission trip to Africa talk about how she has decided to practice quietness in her life. In quietness, we are able to hear more clearly the things that the Spirit of God is trying to tell us. How difficult this is to do in a busy world with so many distractions! It would take a great deal of discipline and dedication. After all, how easy is it to turn off the TV or not turn on the music in the car radio…or to turn off the cell phone? Bombardment with noise is keeping us from thinking or praying. We have become so adept at multi-tasking, that perhaps we think we can do all of this at once. How does God get through to us, even if He would like to tell us something?
Today I found a video that is probably the most interesting and thought-provoking video I have ever seen. It is the journey of Father Peter Owen Jones, a cleric of fourteen years, in a small village in England. He set out to see for himself what makes a person seek out solitude with God. This is a video series produced by the BBC, but the one I have included in this writing is his remarkable journey by camel to the oldest monastery on earth. This is the Monastery of St. Anthony in the desert of Egypt whose monks are of Ascetic* Christianity. Father Peter’s encounter with the completely cloistered Father Lazarus, whose home is in the rocky caves, is one of finding himself and fighting evil and solitude for his very soul. He described it as “uselessness, guilt-filled, being numb” and then a “calming down”. Anything I would add to this writing would not do justice to describing this amazing experience.
*Asceticism (from the Greek: ἄσκησις, áskēsis, “exercise” or “training” ) describes a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from various sorts of worldly pleasures often with the aim of pursuing religious and spiritual goals.
Set aside an hour at least in a quiet place to view this video. It may change your life. You may even learn to have “Happy Step Making” in this busy world.
I would suggest that once your sound is on and you begin the video that you click to enlarge your screen for better viewing. Click on the right side panel under the title Extreme Pilgrim.