Pilgrimage: you hear a call that cannot be denied – perhaps it began as whisper twenty years earlier, perhaps it began as an ear-splitting shout a week before. Soon or later, you feel compelled to respond. You make plans to go on pilgrimage.
Pilgrimage: a setting forth, a leave-taking from the familiar, from familiarity. A trip into the unknown, both interior and exterior. A moving away from what is known into what is unknown but longed for.
These were the first words I read in fellow pilgrim Elyn Aviva’s book, Following the Milky Way: A Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago.