Late 16th century (earlier ( Middle English) as peregrination): from Latin peregrinat- ‘travelled abroad’, from the verb peregrinari, from peregrinus ‘foreign, travelling’.
Sitting in the window while
wind shivers cross the water
rumpling prayer flags of light and
a loon family travels
from one petition to another
in reverential caravan.
I lift my mug to the pilgrims then sip,
pausing, noticing, that my tea now hints
of a sadness steeped in grace.
‘Be safe,’ I whisper to the group;
‘Please be kind,’ to the wind, to the water;
And to the horizon light, ‘Love them…love them.’
Kimberly M. King, RSCJ