Peregrina : What is Pilgrimage

Pondering the way ahead


What is pilgrimage?

A pilgrimage is a ritual journey with a hallowed purpose. Every step along the way has meaning. The pilgrim knows that life giving challenges will emerge. A pilgrimage is not a vacation; it is a transformational journey during which significant change takes place. New insights are given. Deeper understanding is attained. New and old places in the heart are visited. Blessings are received and healing takes place. On return from the pilgrimage, life is seen with different eyes. Nothing will ever be quite the same again.

Macrina Wiederkehr,
Behold Your Life

I found this quote when I was preparing an opening talk on pilgrimage last month for the Finnish British Society of Turku. It’s stuck with me and resonates.

So I am posting it here to remind me:

ritual journey
every step has meaning
transformational journey
significant changes take place
New insights

Deeper understanding
places in the heart are (re-) visited
life is seen with different eyes

And I’m wondering what will change in me as I prepare for this journey.

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