In the Lukan tradition, I have begun with an address to you, Theophilus ("Friend of God"), to commence this blog about a pilgrimage that my friend, Edward, and I will be making this summer from June 17 - July 31. The basic idea is that we are going to recreate the pilgrimage Hilaire Belloc made and wrote about in his 1901 book "The Path to Rome," considered by Belloc and many others to be his greatest literary work. Belloc began his journey in the northeastern French town of Toul and proceeded to journey in as straight a line as he could all the way to Rome. It took him a little less than a month.
Here is a link to a google map in which I compiled the various cities and towns Belloc mentions in his book: Google Map of the Path to Rome
The purpose of our pilgrimage is twofold; it is both a spiritual and a literary journey. When we return from Rome, Ed and I plan on 'writing the sequel' to Belloc's work, which will catalog our steps, our musings, and our prayers along the way. No doubt this blog will eventually serve as a frame for our book later on (though the book will certainly contain more). How very like Bilbo we shall be as we travel there and back again.
|Ed and I|
Some will call us crazy (and some have already done so), and it is true that we could probably find many reasons not to go on this journey. But as we are young and have few external obligations and as we finally have free summers that coincide, now is the time. As Jan from The Office says in response to Pam's excuses not to pursue art school, "There's always a million reasons not to do something."
What reasons are preventing you from doing that wonderful thing or going on that wonderful adventure or pursuing that unique hobby? Those reasons will always be there, but the opportunity may not be.