A Pilgrim is a person who is taking a spiritual journey. Everyone is on a spiritual journey of some kind. Life of a Pilgrim is here so we can walk together along that Journey. I want to walk with you on your pilgrimage as we deepen our relationships with God.
My name is Steve, my family converted to Orthodox Christianity in 2014 we were chrismated in 2015. This blog is about my spiritual journey starting in late 2018.
Life of a pilgrim draws from many sources our main ones are:
The Bible – Given by God through the Holy Spirit to men who were close to Jesus. Scripture used in context is good for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The Desert Father and Mothers – The deserts of Egypt produced many Holy men and women whose lives will be examples to us.
The Philokalia – The sun is the greatest, the most resplendent, and the most wonderful of heavenly luminaries, but you cannot contemplate and examine it simply with unprotected eyes. You have to use a piece of artificial glass that is many millions of times smaller and darker than the sun. But through this little piece of glass, you can examine the magnificent monarch of stars, delight in it, and endure its fiery rays. Holy Scripture also is a dazzling sun, and this book, The Philokalia, is the piece of glass which we use to enable us to contemplate the sun in its imperial splendor. (Way of a Pilgrim)
Church Teachings – From the earliest church fathers to modern teacher of the faith. What can we learn to help us along our walk?
The Jesus Prayer – “Lord Jesus Christ son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
Other Spiritual Writings – We’re not biased. Many people around the world have written and spoken great truths we can learn from.
The very spiritual men of old did not need spiritual books. They did not have such a great need to read many patristic books, because they constantly contemplated things about God. Whatever they saw immediately gave them an opportunity to meditate upon something. (Elder Ephraim of St Anthony’s Monastery)