The roots of Christian pilgrimage can be found in illustrious biblical examples, from Adam who had to leave Eden, to Abraham. Isaac and Jacob traveled without any fixed destination and the whole people of Israel wandered aimlessly in the desert.
Although the idea of pilgrimage is generally believed to be an experience associated with the reaffirmation of ones belief in Christian teaching and of belonging to the Church, in a wider sense it can also be taken to mean a subjective journey by which an individual can acquire self-knowledge and so feel personally enriched. Thus a pilgrimage can become a break from routine, a chance to reflect and maybe feel new emotions in a distant context.
Pilgrimage is an experience full of hope and joy, of consolation and comfort and of strengthening the faith and stimulating ones dedication to charity. It is an experience that builds a feeling of the sacredness of life within the believer. This grows in the hearts of the faithful and develops as a journey in search of God, of His Grace and Mercy and of His infinite gifts.
Pilgrimage is an experience that leads us to move our bodies in space, but this is not enough, as physical movement alone has no meaning unless it is accompanied by an internal realization of change. Internal change, the touching of those deep emotions that guide religious faith, is a characteristic of all pilgrimages. The theme of an internal journey is important as it allows us to distinguish our proposals from those of tourism aimed only at physically moving people from one destination to another.
- Czech Republic
- The Holy Land
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