Why a Pilgrimage?
Christians see life itself in terms of a journey, coming from God and returning to God. Christ is journeying towards us.
A pilgrimage is a symbol in action, an essential part of life and living. It represents the journey of the Christian life from earth to heaven. The people of God are sometimes described as a “pilgrim Church.”
The image of walking is frequently used by the saints. For pilgrims, it can be said: “All is walking.” This walk is a journey to the bosom of the Father. Each step is closer to God – and by proxy, one’s neighbor. Walking involves an image of the Church on pilgrimage, a metaphor for life.
During the glory of European civilization, medieval pilgrimages were very popular. It was not like going on an ordinary holiday. Pilgrimages often took years. Journeys were long and arduous. Pilgrims usually traveled in groups and would stay in monasteries or religious guesthouses along the way.
Pilgrims undertook these journeys to holy places because it was important for them in their faith. If they had committed sins they believed that by going on a pilgrimage they could show God how contrite they were. Sometimes they were sent on such journeys as a penance for the temporal remission of their sins. Sometimes they went in search of healing of a physical condition. Either way, each pilgrim made an intention and went to seek the face of God.
Pilgrimage – The Journey of a Lifetime
It is a surprising phenomenon of the late twentieth century that pilgrimage should again become immensely popular. Today many millions of people make annual pilgrimages all across the world.
Each pilgrimage is unique and never to be repeated. The particular emphasis on pilgrimage stems from the desire to be rejuvenated and confirmed in the Faith. It is a blessed experience for those privileged to journey with others on “the way” of pilgrimage.
Popular destinations include the Holy Land, Rome, the Vatican, Lourdes, Fatima, the Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City and more. At OC-Travel we design the best Catholic pilgrimage for you. We hope you will find the right fit and join us.
By visiting these religious sites together as a group and by praying and experiencing together the grace of heaven at work, pilgrims identify Christ at work in their lives and share as partakers in His divinity.