I’ve been immensely blessed to have travelled to quite a number of destinations throughout world within my 23 years of living. I’ve travelled with relatives, with friends, or solo to places for special occasions, for leisure, for cultural experiences, or for educational purposes. Moreover, I’ve been beyond blessed to walk in the footsteps of Jesus as well as those who loved Him and gave everything up for Him. Among those who loved Him was His Mother, our Mother–the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Just a month ago now, I was blessed with another opportunity to go on a pilgrimage; this time to Mexico City, Mexico where our Mother appeared to St. Juan Diego under the title “Our Lady of Guadalupe” in 1531. (This post isn’t going to be a reflection on my pilgrimage experience. I do, however, hope that there’ll be more to come of that in the future.)
While pilgrimaging throughout Mexico, I was able to capture short clips of what I experienced as a pilgrim among millions of other pilgrims during the days leading up to and during the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe’s feast on December 12, 2012. I really didn’t have a particular “theme” in mind while recording. It just so happened that what I was able to capture was naturally a theme, and every thing else just fell into place.
The main message I wanted to convey in this video is this sense of journeying to a sacred place, which in turn correlates to the home we are all called to in the end. I hope you enjoy it and will one day consider on going on a pilgrimage, either near or far. I believe my faith has been strengthened each time I was privileged with an opportunity to go on a pilgrimage because I was able to understand my faith from different perspectives. It allowed me see the matters of faith through different lenses– my eyes enabled me to see what Christ and the saints experienced, how they lived, and how/where they died… all while witnessing the faith of fellow pilgrims on the very same pilgrimage. I especially encourage you to go on one in this Year of Faith we are in. So again, if the golden opportunity is at your doorstep, consider it, whether you’ve grown in your faith or have grown away. After, you’ll be pleased to have gone.