"I Felt Like a Proud Father"
by Fr Joseph
The Church encourages the practice of “going on a pilgrimage” because it helps us see that in fact life is itself a pilgrimage to Our Father’s house. We walk with each other in prayer asking the Lord to bring us into a deeper walk with Him and to help us let go of all of the things, attitudes, attachments to sin, and to intercede with Our Lady for her intentions, including those in our own families.
I have been on this Walking Pilgrimage about seven times over the last 16 years. The sweetest part for me was seeing our parishioners (all 18 of them) so generously enter into the experience. I was delighted in the multi-generational group of St A’s pilgrims with ages ranging from 7 up to the 60's. There was such a joyful spirit in the midst of the penance of walking. I felt like a proud father.
We have our sights set on next year’s pilgrimage when, please God, we’ll have an even bigger group to walk all or part of the journey.