Posted by: Walk.Build.Proclaim | May 21, 2013

Companions on the Journey

Sacred Spaces

There are people that have studied the basic geographical area of Jesus’ ministry years, and have estimated that during those ministry years  Jesus (and His Disciples) walked 70 square miles. It is thought Siddhattha Gotama, aka the Buddha, walked 500 miles (barefoot).  Each year millions of people take a pilgrimage trip to Rome to visit Vatican City or the Holy Land. In the Muslim tradition, every person is required to make one pilgrimage to Mecca in their lifetime. A pilgrimage destination that has been gaining a lot of popularity over the last ten years or so is The Camino  de Santiago (The Way of St. James.) You can check it out here.

What all of the above named people have in common is that they are all pilgrims. They are in search of something in their life or have a message to deliver. The wonderful thing about being a pilgrim is that you can be a pilgrim locally as well as a world-traveler.

I have been on several local pilgrimages in the last year, each of them for a different reason and each of them with a different travel companion.

  • Holy Wisdom Monastery  Middleton WI.
  •  St.John Chrysostom’s, Greek Monastery in the Kenosha area.
  •  Sienna Center in Racine, WI.
  •  Lowe Lake, part of the Ice-Age Trail in Hubertus.
  • Holy Hill, Hubertus, WI
  • Notre Dame and St. Mary’s Notre Dame. Two beautiful campuses and lots of opportunity for prayer and reflection.
  • Benet Lake Monastery Benet Lake (near Mount Pleasent), WI
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, LaCrosse
  • Ice-Age Trail — Holy Hill segment.

What I’ve learned from each of these experiences is that its not always about the destination, but often who you take with you on the journey. Not all of these places were my favorites. There are many places that I would make a return trip to, but others that fall into the category of one trip was fine. What made each of these destinations truly memorable was the  time that I spent with each travel companion. The  conversation, the  prayer, singing along to the radio or breaking bread, truly walking by faith together is all apart of what makes each pilgrimage memorable.

Because we are all companions (pilgrims) on a journey. If you are one of the first 25 people to either Like Walk. Build. Proclaim on Facebook or one of the first 25 people to follow-this blog via email we will send you a limited edition Walk. Build. Proclaim wristband. They’re pretty cool!! Go ahead and share this blog, follow the blog, share the blog with a friend, you’ll both get a wrist band 😉

We’d also love to hear about any pilgrimages you might have been on, either local or far far away.


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Gary Neal Hansen

Theology. It's good for you.

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