Since we pass through this world merely as pilgrims let us keep our sights fixed on the end of the road, where our real home lies. Let us strive to please God who is everywhere present, so that we can happily pass along the road to the home of our heavenly Father. AMEN.
At the end of a pilgrimage to Saint Edmundsbury is this processional cross. Around the base of the cross are the arrows with which King Edmund was martyred, The cross itself shines as the sun, drawing our eyes up to the crown of thorns – or is it a star? – that calls us to the end of the road that leads us past this little, earthly, devotional pilgrimage to that which Columban evokes: the road to the home of our heavenly Father.