Pilgrimages

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By definition, a pilgrimage is a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion.

Most people know of the Camino, the pilgrims’ way which featured in Martin Sheen’s film, The Way.  The most popular route (very to over- crowded in mid-summer) is the Camino Francés,  stretching 780 km from St Jean-Pied-du-Port near Biarritz in France to Santiago.

This route is fed into by three other French routes: The Voie de Tours, the Voie de Vezelay, and the Voie du Puy.

It is also joined along its route by the Camino Aragones (which is fed by the Voie d’Arles which crosses the Pyrenees at the Somport Pass), by the Camí de Sant Jaume from Montserrat near Barcelona, the Ruta de Tunel from Irun, the Camino Primitivo from Bilbao and Oviedo, and by the Camino de Levante from Valencia and Toledo.

Not all pilgrimages are so dramatic: Some are more modest in scale and distance. All, however, centre around devotion.

This is the prayer used during the Mary Aikenhead pilgrimage to Hobart in March 2017:

With grateful hearts, 

We acknowledge the gift of Mary Aikenhead.

Thank you God for call us to follow her 

In service of the poor and the most needy.

Hep us to surrender to your providential love 

In all circumstances of our lives.

We pray that, as true followers of Mary,

We may be impelled by your love.

Amen.

THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
When we have so much to praise the Lord for, we must not complain.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
True affection is to rejoice in the happiness of our dear ones. Never allow a sentiment of resentment to enter into our hearts.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Pray, reflect and consult – and may the divine spirit direct all to God’s greater glory.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
May our dear Lord Jesus fill your hearts with His own love. Amen!
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
We must have patience with others as He has patience with us.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Under every difficulty try to pray fervently.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
We have much to thank Him for, even for those little drawbacks on our comforts and conveniences.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Do pray that justice may be accomplished in peace and that truth may prevail.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
Go on now as steadily as you can, relying on the Divine assistance and fear not.
THE WISDOM OF MARY AIKENHEAD
What we do ought to be done well.

The Sisters of Charity acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this land, where we have served since 1838. We also pay respect to the Elders both past and present of these Nations.

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