Scars from the Pilgrimage

Took a little pilgrimage today to The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.  Caught the 5:15 mass and pulled out the camera and took myself on a brief tour of some of my favorite sites and side altars.

Pilgrimage, of course, was the theme of the day. Following mass, Martin Sheen spoke on behalf of the movie, The Way, directed by his son Emilio Estevez.

Sheen plays an American father who travels to France to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling "El camino de Santiago" from France to Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

Memorable quote from Sheen’s brief lecture was the retelling of this Irish story.  A man dies and finds his way outside the pearly gates. “Well, sir,” he says to Saint Peter, “I be here.” “Sure, nuff,” Peter responds, “that be true.”  “Will ya’ be needing anything for me to be entering into heaven?” ask the man. “Not much at’all, much at’all, me lad.” Peter responds. “But you’ll be lifting up that shirts for me to see your scars now, won’tcha?  “But, sir,” the man responds, I have no scars.”  Peter looks at him quizzically, wondering “Could ya find nothing worth fighting for, me lad?”

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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