Our 2015 pilgrimage: FRANCE, SPAIN, ANDORRA & KRAKOW (CRACOW), POLAND
As we begin to pack after months of preparation, our excitement builds … we are almost there! It’s been 19 months since our last “personal pilgrimage” and 9 months since we booked our flights (ugh)! Long, long wait!
After hours and hours of research and planning, we “think” we have created another great adventure filled with remote, out of the way villages and Shrines, spectacular drives, plenty of mountains for Susan and plenty of climbing for me … let’s hope the legs hold out.
This is also a chance to re-visit old friends that we have made over the years, as well as the excitement of meeting many new people. This year will mark over 200 Shrines dedicated to Jesus and to Our Blessed Mother that wehave visited in this, our seventh pilgrimage. That’s not to mention all the Saints and other wonderful Basilicas that we been fortunate to have traveled to over the years.
This isn’t a luxury-filled journey by any means. Except for the CAR! I’ve reserved a Mercedes for the month. If we get it. And, I’ll say it only once right now … “DID I TELL YOU I LOVE THIS CAR?” For those of you
who have traveled with us via our Daily Trip Reports over the years, you will understand!
On this trip will we will drive about 3,500 miles and visit 4 countries including France, Spain, Andorra, and we will fly to Cracow, Poland for a 5 day visit. No driving there, we will use the train, bus and walk. Our greatest luxury will be a Queen or King-Size Bed. And a shower bigger than a linen closet! (I better get some “soap on a rope” just in case!). There are no fancy restaurants or resorts. Just local bistros,supermarkets, picnics and small hotels and Bed and Breakfasts (some with
When, How and Why, Many Have Continually Asked …
Sunday, May 17, 2015 for 33 Days!
Just do a lot of research and planning, book a flight, rent a car, and go! (With lots of Faith!)
Why Do We Take These “Personal Pilgrimages”? We have answered these questions many different ways in the past. But Susan and I both feel that our “personal pilgrimages” have become more likea “Vocation” rather than a “Vacation”. It is a joyous time filled with a lot of Prayer and adventure. It is a chance for us (and you) to experience the great glory and mysteries of our Faith. And, for us to travel and Pray for you (and along with you) for all of your Special Intentions … which, through the Grace of God and Our Blessed Mother, many Prayers have been answered.
As we all work and strive (or at least should) for Eternal Life and redemption, these “Personal Pilgrimages”, for us, is one of Faith, Hope & Love (Charity) which always leaves us refreshed and renewed.Our Lord said … “For those who receive, much is expected”. This, to us, is part of our “giving back” that which is expected.
WHY A PILGRIMAGE?
Going on Pilgrimage is to uninstall and go to other places, to otherlands, to other people, it is open to the unknown … and the new. Journeying is a physical and spiritual journey: investment of the whole body, de-cluttering, in favor of the essential, to go to meet the unknown, not only walk inside. Walking forces them to invest a whole. Not only the heart, but also with the body. And Faith comes not only from the head but also by hands, by legs, etc.
Pilgrimage is an important moment (moments of healing and building), but it must return to daily life. Indeed, the time is not yet ripe for the Pilgrim to stay on the mountain. He must go down as Peter, James and John after the Transfiguration.
As always, we send this early so you can send us your Special Prayer Intentions now. As in the past, you can always send them to us while we are on our journey. On our last Pilgrimage, we were Blessed to carry and Pray for 268 of your Special Intentions. That’s Susan’s job to keep them straight and deliver them to the right Shrines which she does so carefully. Your job is to Pray with us for those intentions. Please remember us also in your Prayers.
That’s it for now. Our first report will be on the 17th and hopefully, daily, if time permits. So sit back and “ENJOY THE RIDE”.
May God bless all of you … Always!
Tom & Susan Melillo