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Pilgrimages

"Beloved, I urge you as aliens and sojourners to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against the soul. Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that if they speak of you as evildoers, they may observe your good works and glorify God on the day of visitation." 1 Peter 2

Our lives are pilgrimages from Baptism to our passing to the Lord. Sometimes, we take time to symbolize that great pilgrimage in condensed moments of prayer in sojourns to shrines, or to a series of shrines. By means of the pilgrimage, the pilgrim seeks to renew the youthful vigor of faith. In a sense, it's a retreat in motion: there is the journey, the destination, and the return. Frequently, the pilgrimage is made with other like-minded people and this adds the community dimension to the activity. Just like the Church, we are members of a body moving forward in time and space.

Pilgrimages to Jerusalem and Rome are common in people's imaginations today. But there are many others, and in history there were many others. For example, a famous, multi-day spiritual journey occurs in northern Spain--Santiago de Compostela. Routes to this Shrine to Saint James once spread all over Europe. Today they are fewer but along the way one can still encounter pilgrims from all over the world.

In recent years, Epiphany Parish Life Teen (High School Youth Ministry) has sponsored a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome. The teens are able to experience prayerfully and firsthand the richness of their Catholic faith. Hopefully this experience will keep them in good stead once they go to College or University where hostility to Catholicism is not uncommon. Click on the this link of the Vatican to experience a bit of what a Roman pilgrim experiences: the Vatican: St. Peter's Basilica.

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