Fr. Sal reminded us that while we appreciate the outward signs of our faith on this journey that unite us to our past, present, and future, it is important to remember that they should always lead us back to Christ and our personal relationship with Him. The relics and remnants of the saints are certainly not idols to worship but signs that direct us back to God.
This really became my ultimate prayer for the pilgrimage...To return home strengthened by all of the outward signs of our faith in order to be a better follower of Christ. In turn, we can become a beacon of light for others...Pointing the way by who we are.
Ultimately this is the call for all Christians, not just those who go on pilgrimage. Each one of us should be inspired to live our lives as outwards signs of love, remembering that Christ did not come for a few but He came for us all. Hence the sharing of this journey. It's not just mine to keep for myself...We travel together through the greatest love story of all time!
Thank you, Lord, for giving us such firm roots to keep us sturdy and firmly planted. Many years of weathering the storm of humanity has kept the foundation of our church strong. Help us to continue to blossom, year after year, bearing the fruits of your labor. Amen