On “The Way”

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You don’t choose a life, dad. You live one.

Today we enter onto a brief pilgrimage to NCYC.  Earlier this week, I went to watch The Way, Emilio Estevez’s lovely and sweet movie starring his father, Martin Sheen. It is a story of a father looking for answers after he receives news that his son has died on El Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James. He takes up the pilgrimage in order to complete it for his son.

As I had learned earlier, the movie tales the tale of how one often enters a pilgrimage as an individual but completed the journey in community. As an introvert, I find myself challenged by the large group experiences such as WYD and NCYC. I much rather fly solo rather than in formation.  As a weary introvert, it is likely to be even more of a challenge.

800px-Pilgrim_Passport2 Yet, I am entering into this pilgrimage seeking out how I might I engage the experience to the fullest. I don’t want to just survive NCYC, I desire to live it.

Most pilgrims on The Way carry a document called the credencial, which is a pass which gives access to inexpensive, sometimes free, overnight accommodation in refugios along the trail. 

May the blog serve as credencial over these next days. May our our pilgrims truly live the experience. We’ll post as we can, documenting our travels along the way.

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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