Praying always has important roles for everyone. They who believe in God will pray as the way to communicate with God. The same thing also happens to Christians. They believe in Christ and they pray to get blessings and deliver gratitude for the blessings that God has granted. In this case, there are many kinds of prayers and there are also many forms of prayer. Pilgrimage becomes one of them. This may be one of the extreme way in praying. People commonly do pilgrimage because they have special wish and they make themselves deserve to get the graces by doing pilgrimage. There are also people who do pilgrimage because they have got great blessing from God. Their prayers are answered and they want to thank God for it.
For the pilgrimage, actually it is not a new habit. The Apostles have done it and many saints and holy people of God also did pilgrimage. This becomes a great and sacred journey since this will not only make them feel worthy to get God’s grace, but this is also a good way to fight against the will of flesh, as what Jesus Christ has ordered. In the old time, people did pilgrimage by walking. They walked for tens up to hundreds kilometers and they were happy with this. Each pain and other bad experiences that was experienced were taken as a way of salvation for the sins. They dedicate the life and they make great effort since they with members want to be worthy in front of God.
Right now, there were only some of the people who do the pilgrimage by walking. There have been transportation and they use it. However, there are also some people who still want to do as the holy people of God did the pilgrimage. They want to feel the experiences of the sacred pilgrims. There are many great and sacred places to visit. Holy land of Jerusalem becomes the main spot since it is Jesus’ hometown and there are many sacred places to visit since those are representing God’s journey. Then, Grotto of Blessed Mary in Lourdes is the other famous place. This is the place where Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette and delivering some sacred messages for people.