During my first pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2008, I experienced a profound calling to the “vocation of pilgrimage.” I had no idea how it would materialize or even what it really meant at the time; all I knew was that the Lord wanted me to minister to the community in this way. As my understanding deepened and the Lord’s timing became clear, I discerned a ministry called “Pilgrim’s Place, “ which is aimed at facilitating a deepening communion with Christ on the journey of discipleship as described by the Incarnation: “If anyone wishes to follow me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
Pilgrimage allows us to discover in new and profound ways an encounter with Jesus Christ; to seek a loving relationship with Him and with one another in the fellowship of the Body of Christ; to participate in on-going and ever-deepening conversion. Every Christian desires to find the light of Christ; our mission is to bring pilgrims on an “itinerary of conversion” to places that have been illuminated by the light of Christ throughout history.
According to St. Paul, pilgrimage is the calling of every Christian. We all become “strangers and sojourners” the moment we realize it is the Kingdom of God that we are seeking; not an earthly homeland but a “heavenly country.” (Hebrews 11: 13-16). On pilgrimage, we have the chance to participate in sacred liturgies unique to each pilgrimage site. We are given the task to practice detachment, patience, and self-abandonment; to leave fear behind and journey towards the unknown; and to grow in self-knowledge, humility and virtue.
In the words of Pope Benedict during his visit to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 2010, “To go on pilgrimage is not simply to visit a place to admire its treasures of nature, art, or history. To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in orderto encounter God where He has revealed Himself, where His grace has shone with particular splendor and produced rich fruits of conversion and holinessamong those who believe.”
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"If you wish to be sure of the road you are traveling, close your eyes and walk in the dark." -Saint John of the Cross-