The word “pilgrim” has a lot of resonance for me. It is a word that evokes a journey made by someone with someone else and towards something that is not really known. We are very much in the unknown where we put ourselves squarely in God’s hands.
It was not until the Universal Apostolic Preferences were made known that I began to use the word pilgrim. I see that in my previous experiences, even if I did not use the word pilgrim, the idea was there.
The simple fact of walking alongside the refugee, of being present, of going out to meet him or her, was a concrete representation of this idea of pilgrims.