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Pilgrimage: A spiritual journey

“To go on pilgrimage is not simply to visit a place to admire its treasures of nature, art or history… To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendour and produced rich fruits of conversion and holiness among those who believe.” (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI)

PILGRIMS seek a deeper spiritual experience through visiting the sacred places where people throughout the centuries have tangibly experienced the presence of God.

A pilgrimage journey can lift the heart, evoke emotions that are beyond words, give us peace that “the world cannot give” (John 14:27).

Whether it’s immersing in the healing waters of Lourdes, “praying with your feet” along the Camino de Santiago, joining with thousands of pilgrims in St Peter’s Square, touching the rock of Calvary in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre … pilgrimage has many forms and destinations, all with the same purpose – stepping out towards the sacred – seeking an encounter with our loving God.

Contact Harvest Pilgrimages for information on their pilgrimage departures or to enquire about forming a customised pilgrimage group.

Phone Harvest Pilgrimages on 1800 819 156, email harvest@pilgrimage.net.au or go to the website www.harvestpilgrims.com

“Blessed are they who find their strength in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.” (Psalm 84:5)

Sacred goal: Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago make their way to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Sacred goal: Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago make their way to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Written by: The Catholic Leader

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