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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, March 07, 2004
    Charity to the wayfarer
     
    "Medieval society was far more mobile than is often supposed ... within Wales itself, pilgrims would have travelled in groups and the poor would have been supported by the provisions made by church and community for their welfare; also charity to the wayfarer was considered part of Christian duty for everyone." - writes Nona Rees in her introduction to Pilgrimage: A Welsh Perspective.

    Tomorrow I'm off to trail around a part of God's Country I don't really know too well; Anglesey, rich with pilgrim possibilities. And as I go I reflect on the past few weeks, and about the amount of times I've moved in the past decade, on an oddly God-ly sort of trail. This latest move has perhaps been the most painful but, as with all the others I've been deeply aware of being "supported by the provisions made by church and community for [my] welfare". This wayfarer has enjoyed the charity of many great Christians along the way.

    So off I go again, taking Rees' book with me and also Jon Gower's I Know Another Way: From Tintern to St.David's. And the indispensable Modern Antiquarian. It'll be a nice diversion. But, conscious of the wider, longer, deeper journey I'm travelling on, before I go I'm also thinking of committing some charity to the Church Times Train-a-Priest Fund. It's the least I could do after all that so many have done for me...