What is a Pilgrimage?

Prayer Matters

Paul Dumbrille

A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey and it is the spiritual content that differentiates it from any other kind of tour, expedition or trip. A pilgrim is not a tourist. It is a way of getting yourself out of the way. While I was walking on the Camino de Santiago in Spain several years ago, I crafted my own definition of a pilgrim: A Pilgrim is a person who is on an inward spiritual journey of learning and growth that involves some element of loss or pain, and which most often coincides with a physical journey from place to place. Most often the physical destination is a sacred place that has spiritual and religious meaning. Continue reading “What is a Pilgrimage?”

How can we learn to listen to God?

Prayer Matters

Paul Dumbrille

In a typical day, we are bombarded with sights and sounds that compete with what the Bible calls, the “still, small, voice of God. God wants to have a relationship with each one of us, and part of that relationship involves promptings and leadings from the Holy Spirit. But we need to learn to hear God’s voice and to filter out the noise of the world, so we can distinguish what really is from God.
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