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I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Psalm 16:18
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For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.

2 Tim. 1:7
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I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

John 16:33
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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 14:27
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Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

Isa 41:10
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Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Prov. 3:5-6
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The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

Prov. 18:10
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The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination.

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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Acts 1:8
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Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Isa 40:31
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Fr. Scott Murray

I have gone on many walking pilgrimages, long and short, and they have provided me with some of the most profound experiences of God's Providence. God does not fail to amaze us, when we place our trust in Him.

Fr. Scott Murray
What is a pilgrimage?

A Journey of Faith

In a general sense a pilgrimage is a journey with a spiritual end: “Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination” (Pope Francis, MV, 14). The more specific understanding of pilgrimage is that it is a physical journey to a holy place, such as a religious shrine or a site at which something spiritually significant took place. This journey doesn’t necessarily need to be made on foot, but the walking pilgrimage, for those who are able, is an opportunity to place oneself profoundly into the care of God’s Providence. A pilgrimage is most fruitful when the pilgrim fully offers his or her journey to God as a gift of self. Our Good God will always surpass our hopes when we place our lives in His Hands.

Simplicity & Austerity

We live in a highly materialistic culture, a “throw-away culture”, as Pope Francis has reminded us on many occasions. The pilgrimage in its simplicity and austerity reminds us that we do not need all of our material possessions to be happy. Christ is the true source of joy. Pilgrimage also provides an opportunity to step away from the noise of the world, which will benefit us in many ways. In this year of mercy Pope Francis reminds us of one such benefit to the silence made available on pilgrimage: “In order to be capable of mercy, therefore, we must first of all dispose ourselves to listen to the Word of God. This means rediscovering the value of silence in order to meditate on the Word that comes to us. In this way, it will be possible to contemplate God’s mercy and adopt it as our lifestyle” (MV, 13).

A Tradition of Pilgrimage

The Judeo-Christian tradition is rich in powerful pilgrimage stories. In Scripture we see many pilgrimages, from Moses and the Israelites journeying to the Promised Land, to Christ walking along the road to Emmaus with the “unperceiving” disciples, and many in between. In early Church history pilgrimages to the Holy Land and the tombs of the martyrs were popular. For example, we have “The Pilgrimage of Egeria“, which is Egeria’s personal account of her pilgrimage to the Holy Land made around the year 380AD. Throughout the centuries Christians have been making pilgrimages to countless holy sites, places associated with Christ and the saints. Of course, pilgrimage is not merely a Christian practice. Pilgrimages are an important  part of many religions. As beings who are both body and soul, we need to express our spiritual yearning in physical ways. The pilgrimage is a microcosm of life’s journey to God.

Other Pilgrimages

The Way – Martin Sheen
The Way – Martin Sheen

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Marie Reine du Canada
Marie Reine du Canada

Walk from St. Joseph’s, Lanoraie to Cap-de-Madeleine – 100km. http://www.marie-reine.ca/index_en.php

Walking Pilgrimage: Toronto to Martyrs’ Shrine, Midland
Walking Pilgrimage: Toronto to Martyrs’ Shrine, Midland

“The annual Walking Pilgrimage began in the hearts of a small group of people at St. Teresa’s parish. A small group of people gathered and looked at various ways that they could connect with their many friends and family members in Poland. One idea was to have a pilgrimage to the Shrine. It started out as a one day “car” pilgrimage and soon one person suggested a walking pilgrimage. The rest is history!http://www.pielgrzymka.ca/english/index.html

St. Ann’s, Cormac
St. Ann’s, Cormac

The original and still vibrant St. Ann’s Pilgrimage. St. Ann’s “Walk the Opeongo Line” Pilgrimage is another way to partake in this devotion that has enriched the diocese for nearly a century. http://www.cormacpilgrimage.com/

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