Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Feeling the "Itch of Wanderlust" This Spring?

Can anyone explain what this bit of hyperbole is doing in our Diocesan Newsletter?

Upcoming retreats at the Snail's Pace

"Journey of the Heroine/Hero
June 24-26th

Sometimes our lives seem utterly chaotic convulsions and our days no more than random collection of dots which do not appear to connect in any meaningful pattern. However, throughout the long march of human history and story, pattern has emerged. Some people call it the Great Story, others the monomyth or voyage of the heroine-hero. Whatever name we may use, there is comfort in knowing that our lives too share meaning and order with the greatest and the least.

During this weekend the participants will first learn the stages of the great journey through an introductory exercise in guided imagery on Friday evening. Throughout the day on Saturday each phase of the journey will be explored in greater depth through readings from contemporary short stories and personal journaling.

Our companions in our travels will become familiar friends like Flannery O'Connor, Frederick Buechner, Annie Dillard, Alice Walker, John Updike and others. On Sunday morning the weekend will conclude with a worship experience in which we explore the spiritual implications of our travels and the deepening of our discipleship. If you are feeling the itch of wanderlust this spring and long to go on pilgrimage, please join us!

Deadline to register is Friday, June 3rd."

Sorry I missed the deadline, but can anybody explain that first paragraph?

Here's my take on it.

"Utterly chaotic convulsions" - the opposite of organized convulsions, or what I experienced while reading our newsletter.

"Monomyth" - something Joseph Campbell came up with, or the rumor that your boyfriend/girlfriend just came down with mononucleosis.

"Random collection of dots" - Our Diocesan Newsletter.


  1. Funny. I thought all life was about redemption, not self-actualization or celebration.

    Stupid me.


  2. When the destination loses its importance, isn't the wandering just that, wanderlust?

  3. "And as I go
    I love to sing
    with a mitre for my hat.

    "Val der ee
    Val der aah
    Val der ee
    Val der ah ha ha ha ha ha

    "Val der ee
    Val der aah
    With a mitre for my hat."