“Take Stock of the Journey”

We are honored to learn that Br. Geoffrey Tristram’s recent Monastic Wisdom reflection on pilgrimage was useful to Archbishop Fred Hiltz in framing his final address to the Council of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada earlier this month.

The Anglican Journal reports:

In his final address to Council of General Synod (CoGS) as primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz told the council to “take stock of the journey so far.” The primate’s talk covered topics including Indigenous self-determination, the proposed amendment to the marriage canon, discipleship and relationships with the wider Anglican Communion. He also acknowledged the concern caused by declines in church attendance and affirmed efforts to encourage a spirit of revival among Anglicans.

Hiltz framed his March 14 report to CoGS by reading from a reflection on pilgrimage, written by Br. Geoffrey Tristram, former superior of the order of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. Quoting Tristram, Hiltz read: “One thing that can be very helpful as we press along this journey is to periodically stop and make a sort of map of the road we’ve travelled and the road ahead. Ultimately, we know that our destination is God, yet like any traveler pressing on along an unknown road, we may need to check in and reorient ourselves from time to time, to be sure that we haven’t taken off on the wrong path.”

Have you read Br. Geoffrey’s reflection yet? We hope its insights might be useful to you as you continue along your Lenten pilgrimage.

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