Our Apostolate of Pilgrimages to Holy Sites
"Pilgrimage has a very deep spiritual significance; it can represent in itself an important form of catechesis. The Church - as the Second Vatican Council
reminded us - is, indeed, a people of God on the march, "in search of a future and permanent city" (cfr. Lumen Gentium, n. 9).
In the world today there is a revival of the practice of going on pilgrimage."
(Message of Ven. John Paul II for the Fourth World Youth Day)
Purpose of Our Pilgrimages
Our pilgrimages are not promoted by public means since they take place in a spiritual family environment and its character requires a special faith commitment, a heart-felt adherence to the Church and a disposition to walk together the spiritual, formative and familial path that each pilgrimage lays out before us.
Prepared in a Spirit of Prayer
prepare these pilgrimages with many hours of love and prayer, attention,
dedication and work. Each detail, within our means, is attended to and
prepared. Not only the practical and organizational details, but rather,
everything is prepared with much prayer, fasting, sacrifice and with
fidelity to all that we discerned is the specific purpose, reason for
being and goal of each pilgrimage. All the pilgrimages in all their
spiritual and organizational details are prepared with all our hearts.
Spirit of the Pilgrimage
The itinerary was designed according to the purpose for each pilgrimage. In each pilgrimage we desire to walk together towards the Home and School of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. To enter into the mysteries of love of the Heart of Christ through the Maternal Heart of Mary to be witnesses of the triumph of Love in our historic moment. To be witnesses of love is the particular call of the Church of the Third Millennium. This grace will be particularly granted to our hearts through the maternal mediation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Totus Tuus!! The purpose of the pilgrimage is to enter into the treasures of the Church, opening our hearts to a profound experience of conversion, maturation, and solidarity in our Catholic identity and sending ourselves out with a new apostolic impulse to fulfill the mission that the Lord has for each one of us, committing ourselves to the New Evangelization of the world.
In the spirit of a family, in unity and joy, we pilgrimage together, bonding our hearts like a living rosary. Being pilgrims together as a community brings great blessings, but these require options of love and sacrifice for the common good. The important thing will be what the Lord teaches us in each place, the reception to all the graces and teachings, and the personal responsibility to assimilate them and make them grow. The most important thing is not how much we see or do, but rather the maximum and greatest fruit borne in our hearts.
This fruit will be given through a path of prayer, service, cooperation with God and the brothers and sisters, the meditation and obedience to the Sacred Scriptures, Tradition and Magisterium of the Church under the direction and formation of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Each pilgrimage is done with a specific spiritual purpose and we ask that those who feel called to participate, prepare themselves adequately so that this purpose may be fulfilled.
Daily we celebrate the
Holy Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, and we pray the Holy Rosary. During
the pilgrimage, we have moments of Eucharistic Adoration and also, time
to pray for one another. There are moments of silence and of
gathering ourselves in
profound prayer. There will also be specific moments of reflections and
teachings, as well as time to enjoy ourselves as family and to celebrate
the gift of walking together on this pilgrimage.
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