Make a Pilgrimage
Miraculous events are common occurrences in the worlds of the Old and New Testaments and the lives of the saints are especially marked by this divine favor. God’s request that His servants go on pilgrimage is first mentioned in Genesis when Abraham left for Canaan. Jacob received a similar request and the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt was another example. After Solomon, the Israelites were required to make a journey to the sanctuary at least once a year. Fulfilling the law, the Holy Family made this annual journey as well. Their pilgrimage is recalled in Luke 2:41-47 when Jesus was discovered missing during the Passover trip to Jerusalem.
A pilgrimage differs from a tour in several important ways. Since the time of Adam, God has spoken to His saints and prophets by means of visions, dreams, and inner voices. It is a personal invitation from God, comprised of His offer and dependent upon the pilgrim’s acceptance. God’s call may vary but the purpose remains consistent: It is an individual summons to know God more fully. A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey to which the pilgrim joyfully responds “yes” to God’s invitation. It is a journey to a holy, sacred place to usher the pilgrim into the presence of God.
When we go on a pilgrimage, we leave behind all of the business and noises of our lives and listen to that voice which speaks to us from deep within. Most of us think of ourselves as really and truly being free. But our society has many ways of directing our freedom. Society has many ways of speaking to us and pressuring us to make certain decisions. A Pilgrimage is a time to get away from all of this and be attuned to God’s voice speaking within each human heart.
A pilgrimage is a time of prayer and a time to witness the miraculous signposts God has left for our journey back to Him. Ask God to bless you with a heart that will be receptive to the treasure chest of graces He desires to shower upon your pilgrimage. The success of your spiritual journey will depend upon your openness, faith, flexibility, and love.
The St. Peregrine Shrine welcomes people of all ages and faith. If you would like to make a pilgrimage to the shrine, we would love to host you, or your entire group, for a guided tour and program. The St. Peregrine Shrine is completely handicap accessible and able to accommodate up to 75 people at a time.
Come to be anointed, come to pray, come to be prayed for, or come to feel the peace and comfort of our Lord as you feel His loving presence surround you.
Let us share the beauty of this Holy place with you and your loved ones!
Please call 480-844-4478, or email us.