Where Will my Journey Take Me?

Blog by Sr. Cathy Buchanan, shown here on a walk.

Since arriving at the novitiate on August 14, 2021, I have physically journeyed 1,245 miles! How do I know that? Because my Fitbit tells me each day how many miles I walked on a given day.  But how many more miles have I spiritually journeyed with God since arriving here at the CDN in August? And is there a spiritual Fitbit to measure that? Back to those questions a little later.

For those who know me, you may know I love to walk. But that wasn’t always the case. I grew into the practice of walking when I set my mind on becoming “healthier”. I started by just walking around the block because that’s all I could do when I started on this walking journey four years ago. Little by little I began to enjoy being outside in nature walking. I began to understand how to see God’s beauty in nature and how to love God’s creation. My love for walking really kicked in when I decided to train to walk the Way of St. James (the Camino) in Spain. I read Joyce Rupp’s book, “Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life Lessons from the Camino” and it was then that I understood that walking could be a prayer and a spiritual journey as well.

One of the reasons I believe I was attracted to the Dominican Order was because I learned that St. Dominic used his many “walking journeys” as a time to “talk with God and about God” to anyone he met on his journey.  I felt a very strong connection to St. Dominic’s way of journeying with prayer. This has now become a very important practice in my daily prayer life here at the CDN. I get up at 5AM every morning so that I can go out before community prayer to walk and talk with God. I call this my “journeying with God” time.

I have come to treasure my time here at the CDN because it gives me the space and time to (literally and spiritually) journey with God and more importantly, the contemplative space to listen to what God is saying to me. My spiritual journey is well on its way in some areas, but only just beginning in other areas. So, my spiritual Fitbit is reminding me to keep up the journey with God and to trust that God knows where God wants my journey to take me. I have a great inner peace that I am on the right journey and that God is leading the way. Here at the CDN, I have learned to trust what God is speaking to my heart, especially as I track the spiritual miles that I spend walking and talking with God. Where will God be taking you and your spiritual Fitbit today on your journey? Peace, Joy and Blessings for the Way.

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Posted in God Calling?, Vocations Blog

7 responses to “Where Will my Journey Take Me?

  1. Thank you, Cathy, for sharing your walks and talks with God. Happy Valentine Day. Be blessed in God’s love always.

  2. Cathy,
    Thank you for sharing your experience of your growth with God in walking, nature, community, silence, and study. Yes, Dominic learned much from his walking, and was joyful. We can do the same to appreciate all of LIFE around us.

  3. A very inspiring reflection on your spiritual practice, Cathy, and a connection I hadn’t made between our walking and St. Dominic’s. Now that my new knee is serving me so well, what’s my excuse for not getting out there in sunny New Orleans? Y’all in Chicago aren’t blessed with 70 degree temps in February.

  4. I resonate with you, Cathy, and also love to walk in the most beautiful cathedral of creation. Whether at the sea shore, in a pasture, or along a country road, the grace of Beauty buoys my spirit and bring grounding for the events of the day. Glad to be a partner on you spiritual walk. Gemma

  5. Cathy, I love walking, too. I am fortunate that walking is part of my ministry at the Peace Center. As I visit the neighbors, I learn so much about them, their faith, and the challenges they are facing in their lives. “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” I often sing my heart.

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