Travel with a Purpose
What is a Pilgrimage?
Sometimes we take few steps to the left, sometimes a few steps to the right, other times we take a few steps back, but when we go on a pilgrimage we are walking toward God. We go to God, not perfect, but as we are, with all of our doubts, crisis, sickness, curiosity, adventure, faith, and thanksgiving to ask for favors and to offer ourselves completely.
GIVE me my scallop-shell of quiet, My staff of faith to walk upon, My scrip of joy, immortal diet, My bottle of salvation, My gown of glory, hope's true gage; And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.
Blood must be my body's balmer, No other balm will there be given; Whilst my soul, like a quiet palmer, Travelleth towards the land of heaven; Over the silver mountains, Where spring the nectar fountains: There will I kiss, The bowl of bliss; And drink mine everlasting fill, Upon every milken hill: My soul will be a-dry before; But after, it will thirst no more. Then by that happy blestful day, More peaceful pilgrims I shall see, That have cast off their rags of clay, And walk apparelled fresh like me. I'll take them first, To quench their thirst, And taste of nectar suckets, At those clear wells, Where sweetness dwells, Drawn up by saints in crystal buckets.
And when our bottles and all we, Are filled with immortality, Then the blessed paths we'll travel, Strowed with rubies thick as gravel; Ceilings of diamonds, sapphire floors, High walls of coral, and pearly bowers. From thence to heavens's bribeless hall, Where no corrupted voices brawl; No conscience molten into gold, No forged accuser bought or sold, No cause deferred, nor vain-spent journey; For there Christ is the King's Attorney, Who pleads for all without degrees, And he hath angels, but no fees. And when the grand twelve-million jury Of our sins, with direful fury, Gainst our souls black verdicts give, Christ pleads his death, and then we live.
Be thou my speaker, taintless pleader, Unblotted lawyer, true proceeder! Thou giv'st salvation even for alms; Not with a bribèd lawyer's palms. And this is my eternal plea, To him that made heaven, earth, and sea, That, since my flesh must die so soon, And want a head to dine next noon, Just at the stroke, when my veins start and spread, Set on my soul an everlasting head. Then am I ready, like a palmer fit; To tread those blest paths which before I writ.
- Sir Walter Ralegh (1603)
We at Go Ever Happy – Tours, believe that pilgrimages are one perfect way of discovering this truth and joy in finding fulfilment in the knowledge of the love of God. As a matter of fact, pilgrimages date as far back as the first century with the faithful enduring hardships on their way to St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Pilgrims having made all three pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela, Jerusalem, and Rome were considered to be in a heavenly state and blessed indeed. Today, it is easier than ever to travel to destinations like Fatima, Lourdes, Paris, Jerusalem, Ephesus, Corinth, and many more.