In this episode, we base our discussion of the pilgrim star by reading about what Neo-Confucian metaphysics and ethics has to say about the five metaphysical agents of "the star" as a pattern for the moral life. These five agents include: fire, water, wood, earth, and metal, which are sometimes thought of in terms of moral principles. We then attribute to them some adjusted moral principles/terms, which include: fire (affection for divine justice); water (recognition of charity); wood (the ethic of almsgiving); earth (gratitude for creation); and metal (evangelical poverty).
In this episode, I discuss some of what I experienced on my pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago, otherwise known as "The Way of St. James." After providing a bit of background about the history of the pilgrimage and why I decided to do it, I share a few personal stories about "the ghost dog." In addition, I give an explanation as to what such an odd phrase means to me and why it's important for the pilgrim life.
In this episode, we introduce the meaning of the pilgrim and share a little about one of the chief exemplars of the pilgrim life: St. Roch. In addition, we provide insight as to how the pilgrim interprets the world by making use of the peri-phenomenological method that Edward Casey describes in his recent book, The World on Edge.