Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne

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A group of us have just returned from a pilgrimage to Lindisfarne. I have walked this route many times over the last number of years,  stayed in the same Bunkhouse, visited the same churches and holy sites.

What I discovered about pilgrimage this time is that there is a real truth to the idea that we can visit somewhere that we have already been, and yet see it as if for the first time. As we take part in a pilgrimage the external landscape may remain largely unchanged, but the internal landscape of our lives shifts significantly. Who we are with, what is happening in our life, what our purpose is… all of these are what really make up the pilgrimage.

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

T.S. Eliot

Here are some images from our days of walking.

2 Responses to “Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne”

  1. clarefcj Says:

    It looks so lovely! I love the idea of making this pilgrimage. Thanks for the photos too…

  2. Denise Maureen Mulcahy Says:

    Lynne, I was enriched by reading your account of the pilgrimage to Lindisfarne. I had the joy of one visit there. In your description of your recent experience I immediately thought of the FCJ Pilgrimage we all had the pirivilege of making in preparation for 2020, and how although it is the same landscape we are viewing, interiorly we are changed by the experience. Thank you for sharing this so beautifuly with us. Denise Mulcahy fcJ

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