Columbanus, the 6th century Irish Celtic Missionary Monk said,
‘We are like pilgrims looking for the end of the road – our destination’.
‘What then are you, human life?
You are the road to life, not life itself.
You are a real road, but not a level one.
Long for some, short for others,
broad for some, narrow for others,
joyful for some, sad for others…
You are to be traversed, but not inhabited –
for no one dwells on a road, but travels it,
so that those who walk upon the road
may dwell in their homeland’.
A Pilgrim Way, Ray Simpson, Kevin Mayhew, p82