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Pilgrimage of the Heart

Sister Benedicta Ward SLG

Sister Benedicta Ward SLG entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1955. She teaches spirituality in the University of Oxford and is an Emeritus Fellow of Harris Manchester College. She has written a number of books on early monasticism and on the Middle Ages, and is one of the world’s leading writers on the legacy of the Desert Fathers. Her published works include books on the Desert Fathers, the Venerable Bede and St Anselm, and on miracles and relics in the Christian tradition.

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The idea of pilgrimage has always provided an image of the inner life of the Christian, and this remains true for all who go on pilgrimage today. In the Middle Ages, the external aspect of travelling to the shrines of the saints was interwoven with the idea of the pilgrim’s inner journey to the heavenly Jerusalem. In the wake of the Reformation, Christian pilgrimage began to be portrayed as life itself, the way being the way of the cross and the end leading to joy.


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