The road home, O God, seems long
and at times is difficult and painful.
Grant me a holy communion, companionship with others,
as I journey homeward to you.
I live in times of great trial:
an age of change sits at my door.
Without a community with others
I can so easily lose the way,
can be led astray by illusions of holiness,
misguided by my ego's desires.
Open my eyes to your precious gift
of the Church's Communion of Saints.
"Saint" is a name I would never call myself,
but the treasury of my faith
teaches me about my holy birthright,
that I am part of the web of sacred communion,
uniting me with all other home-bound pilgrims
and with all who now rejoice
at their homecoming in you.
May I feed this day upon the food
of this mystic, holy communion
with those friends and fellow pilgrims
with whom I share this planet earth,
as well as those saints now fully one with you.
May this awareness of my companion journey
with all the saints
deepen my life of prayer
and fertilize my faith in you, my Beloved.
By this communion of holy ones
may I be daily challenged
to greater compassion and charity
as I walk the way of the Pilgrim.
-Edward Hays, Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim. 1989, p. 183.