Parish Practice

Sole to soul

06 February 2014 | by Tom Grufferty

A pilgrimage is more than simply a spiritual experience. It is an opportunity to harmonise with nature, enjoy dialogue with fellow beings and take in local history. What is more, it can happen on your doorstep On the BBC recently, Simon Reeve explored the meaning of pilgrimage as he retraced the footsteps of our ancestors from Holy Island in Northumberland to Jerusalem. Pilgrimage has been deeply ingrained in the Christian psyche ever since 383 when the great Egeria went to Jerusalem and wrote about her experience. As a parish, we have done the Camino de Santiago de Compostela – or at least 100 miles of it; we have been to Rome, Jerusalem, Lourdes and Knock. All of these journeys produced different spiritual experiences for those who participated; but one thing they have in common

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