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I can't contain my wanderlust
I've just found out about another pilgrimage, and it gets me SO EXCITED hearing about it. It actually takes place next October. Maybe I'll start a tradition of a pilgrimage a year? ;) hehe I WISH.

This one would have me visiting Portugal, France, and Spain. For some reason, when I list the countries, it doesn't get me as excited. So I shall list the cities!!


Fatima and Lourdes are exciting because popular Marian apparitions appeared in those places. Fatima actually has had a huge impact on my spirituality, so it holds a special place in my heart :) Go ahead and wiki Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes for great story time!!

Madrid is exciting just because it's Madrid and sounds exotic ;)

I get so excited looking through the itinerary. First we're in Fatima,

and we visit the tombs of Francisco and Jacinta!!! (two of the 3 children that saw Mary at Fatima) I've read a lot of books about Fatima, so when the itinerary also says we'll be visiting Aljustrel as well, that means something to me :) (That's where the 3 kids lived.) I'll be starstruck, to say the least. Or, hm, would soulstruck be a better phrase? :)

Then in a town called Salamanca (which I've never heard of) is "Santiago de Compostela".

It has the remains of St. James (as in JAMES James, the book in the Bible :)). The itinerary reads, "Celebrate Mass in the Cathedral of St. James, featuring the 'Botafumiero', a three-foot high incenser that is suspended by a two hundred foot rope and swung over the heads of the congreration." I can be such a sucker for theatrics sometimes ;)

I don't know anything about Avila, except that that's where St. Theresa of Avila is from, and she was an awesome mystic saint, and one of the 3 women Doctors of the Church. Needless to say, I'm a fan :)

And then Madrid! I mean, MADRID!

And then Lourdes; walking the way of St. Bernadette, and life-sized Stations of the Cross! It's just so exciting for me to think about.

There will also be beautiful churches galore, obviously :D

It's hard for me to think about this too seriously because it is a year away, and who knows what October 2010 will bring. For now, however, I'm going to go ahead and tentatively plan on attending, because the idea gets me too excited to just brush it aside.

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St. John of the Cross was born in a small village near Avila. DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL John of the Cross:-D He and St. Theresa of Avila were good friends. He was so malnourished when little (due to poverty) that he never grew into a full-sized man, and St. Theresa called him "the half-man":-)

Saddle up, pilgrim!

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