“To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendor and produced rich fruits of conversion and holiness among those who believe.” – Pope Benedict XVI
A wonderful piece on pilgrimages from Our Sunday Visitor here. It encourages readers to seek out those sites near them with historical and spiritual value, even for small, regular things like attending church on Sunday. By doing this, you can learn more about your faith and how it relates to your community, which is one of my personal reasons for visiting religious sites in the first place. Although it is directed at Catholics, it has good advice for people of any faith about merging pilgrimages with the routines in your daily life.
Good piece from USA Today on the plight of church steeples on older churches here. Also, some insightful commentary on the piece from one of my favorite blogs, GetReligion. I know there’s one little Catholic church to the far south west of me which was standing in disrepair for a while until the Knights of Columbus could raise enough funds to patch it back up.
Finally, National Catholic Register has a story entitled “Trending to Traditional” about a return to traditional church architecture in the Catholic Church. The article looks at what’s causing this reversal as well as some churches that won awards in the architectural field but aren’t fulfilling parish’s desires. It even features quotes from Duncan Stroik, one of my favorite architects!
Finally, if you need any more inspiration to go out and visit somewhere (accidentally or planned), here’s a wonderful quote:
“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” – G.K. Chesterton
Words to live by…
I just got back from a two week vacation and am in the process of editing photos. I should have some wonderful churches to share with you all in the next few weeks!