On pilgrimage


Inishmore, Aran Islands


“On Pilgrimage” is the title of the column that Dorothy Day wrote for The Catholic Worker for many decades. I have always loved the fluidity of this idea of being in the midst of a journey. Nelle Morton described it in the eloquent phrase: “the journey is home.” Our current world often seems bifurcated between those with the certitude of safety, security, home and the millions of children, women, and men displaced, searching for peace, stability, home. I think there is a liminal space, a space in-between these polar experiences that offers profound and needed insights.

A Nomadic Spirituality of Home is a constructive response to my original work on the problem of Spiritual Homelessness, grounded in the consideration of the relationships among theology, violence, and healing. My work is informed by recent empirical studies that explore the contributions of spirituality to resilience for survivors, as well as the impediments spirituality sometimes represents, particularly in…

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