It was perfectly fitting that I would get the chance to present my newest book, "Walking Together: Discovering the Catholic Tradition of Spiritual Friendship," to Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany at the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville this past Saturday.
Bishop Hubbard was kind enough to sit down and share with me his own story of lifelong spiritual friendship with Bishop Matthew Clark of Rochester. Their friendship opens chapter 10 of my book, a chapter that focuses not only on pilgrimage to sacred places but pilgrimage to an interior place. In that chapter, I talk about my first pilgrim visit to Auriesville. So things came full circle on Saturday when everything aligned to bring us together in that beautiful spot along the Mohawk River.
Thank you again to Bishop Hubbard for being so honest and open about his own faith journey, his friendship, and his spiritual struggles. I know his story will inspire others.