Walking and the Right to Movement


Part of being a people of faith, justice and compassion is in our awareness of what goes on in the world.

Today I read that Palestinians in Israel have been denied the right to walk or run in a marathon. The article says, “Organizers sought to ‘tell a different story than the one of conflict and hate'”, but this has brought opposition from the other party. Where is the justice in such a situation?

Meanwhile there is also a reflection by Loyola Press editor, Vinita Hampton Wright, on walking as an act of faith.

A few thoughts come to mind, on:
• Our personal freedom
• The treatment and healthy use of our bodies
• An appreciation for our bodies, in all the faculties
• The way in which we all go through life, be it in swift urgency or slow contemplation
• And gratitude for all these, which are gifts from God

The Principle and Foundation [Exx 23]  is especially relevant here. May we remember and together pray and live in such a way that we affirm that we are created to praise, reverence and serve God, through the care of ourselves and all God’s creatures with balance, as is right.

What are your feelings toward today’s news from the Middle East?

What are your responses to Vinita’s video reflection?

5 thoughts on “Walking and the Right to Movement

  1. Thank you for this blog…and thank God that you are healing Val…

  2. I was, badly — broken right shoulder. But God is great and I was able to heal without surgery. Still recovering, and it really messed up a lot of aspects of life. God will use it somehow to bless others.

  3. How right you are, Val. People do miss a lot zipping in and out of traffic. Walking, and walking contemplatively is something special. Amazing the little things you find. One of my favorite things to do when walking is taking photos of little things I notice.

    Thank you for contributing to the blog. I hope you weren’t hurt or anything in the accident.

    Kind regards from Australia

  4. Walking is a funny thing — you get there when you get there. It is something that very much lends itself to meditation and contemplation, both of one’s own interior self and of the surrounding world. I only very briefly in my adult life had a car (and find myself once again without one following a bad car accident in December); living life without a car in Southern California is incredibly difficult. I am always surprised how much of life and the world people miss simply by not noticing because they are moving too quickly and deliberately to notice much of anything. Walking is just a totally different deal.

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