Pilgrimages have been a part of the Christian tradition for centuries. A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey to a sacred place.
Pilgrimages to holy places help us on the most important pilgrimage of all, our daily personal journey. They give us a chance to re-charge mentally, physically and spiritually. Some people go on a pilgrimage because they are at a crossroad in their life. Some people are searching for deeper meaning in life, maybe a healing. A pilgrimage could mark a special date. No matter the reason, you are feeling the call. You might be called to visit a shrine, cathedral, a monastery or convent, or even a retreat house in your area. Or you might be called to travel halfway around the world. Whichever you are being called to do, near or far, say yes and embark on this holy journey.
The calling, you feel it. A small tug on your heart. It is pulling you to go. But, why?
It is on this pilgrimage, where you will step away from your everyday life. You will leave your job and your everyday routine. You will leave your comfort zone. Just open your eyes and your heart. Listen to God and then say, YES to Our Lord, He will show you a new way of seeing yourself! A new beautiful you! In this place, your journey will progress. The steps might not be easy, the path might be steep, but it is these steps on this path where we move towards God, where we move to a new beautiful you!
God calls each and everyone of us.
Did you hear the call?
It is a personal invitation from God.
A Pilgrimage is a gift. A gift to yourself. It can be a life-changing experience. Let go of the old to let the new come in. While on a pilgrimage, one must embrace this journey with an open heart and have joyful anticipation. God will shower you with graces, but ones heart must be open to receive these gifts. Your pilgrimage is your own, no two pilgrimages are the same. To receive the most from your pilgrimage, will depend upon you. Open your arms, heart and mind and be ready to receive and appreciate the most amazing of life's gifts! You!
Your fellow pilgrim, Mary Maddox
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