Life is a Journey. 

Birth is a beginning
And death a destination.
And life is a journey:
From childhood to maturity
And youth to age;
From innocence to awareness
And ignorance to knowing;
From foolishness to discretion
And then, perhaps, to wisdom;
From weakness to strength
Or strength to weakness—
And, often, back again;
From health to sickness
And back, we pray, to health again;
From offense to forgiveness,
From loneliness to love,
From joy to gratitude,
From pain to compassion,
And grief to understanding—
From fear to faith;
From defeat to defeat to defeat—
Until, looking backward or ahead,
We see that victory lies
Not at some high place along the way,
But in having made the journey,
stage by stage,
A sacred pilgrimage.
Birth is a beginning
And death a destination.
And life is a journey,
A sacred pilgrimage—
To life everlasting.
–Alvin H. Fine


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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2 Responses to Life is a Journey. 

  1. sharonandsal says:


  2. Kelly Rose says:

    Tried to find him? I’m going to assume he was the Rabbi from Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco? Interesting life. Oy!

    “From defeat, to defeat, to defeat?” As beautiful as the poem is, that line was like a hammer! : ) And between that line and now feeling horrible for Mademoiselle Noir, … I’m going back to bed! And why are women always resigned to waiting for a prince? That’s gots to change! Pas plus de héroïnes tragiques attendant un prince!

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