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"Explain the part Pilgrimage plays in the life of Christians"

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Georgina Thomas -AO2- "Explain the Part Pilgrimage plays in the life of Christians" There are many reasons for going on pilgrimage. Some go on Pilgrimage searching for God, to reaffirm their faith. Others go to have the opportunity to worship freely with other believers, a feeling of belonging, being 'allowed' to worship. Another reason is to go as an act of penance to make up for sin; this reason isn't as common as it was in the Middle Ages when priests would sometimes give pilgrimage as a penance The benefits from going on pilgrimage vary from person to person. A sense of belonging is one of the many things gained. The person I interviewed was a relative who went on pilgrimage in May of this year, she said 'I gained a lot from travelling; I had an overwhelming mountaintop experience whilst proceeding around the Stations of the Cross, meeting new people along the way'. ...read more.


Those who are sick may gain an acceptance of their illness. Another gain form going on pilgrimage would be the sense of belonging, with believers that all felt the same way. 'Praying with others feels like your are benefiting them as well, it is nice to share such a good experience' said my interviewee. When on pilgrimages, miracles can happen, big and small. I did some research on the internet and here is a story which made an impact on me. Mr. Micheli had a large tumor in his left pelvic area. A biopsy showed that the tumor was an aggressive, usually fatal form of cancer. For some reason, the man did not receive treatments for ten months as his skeleton was disintegrating. The man went to Lourdes, where he was bathed. Reports from the Medical Commission of Lourdes record that the man had lost significant amounts of weight, was in constant pain, and was unable to eat. ...read more.


An example of how pilgrimage changes lives is one about a girl in my school who suffers from Downs Syndrome, after going on pilgrimage to Lourdes Maria gained confidence and could talk openly to a class (something she wouldn't have considered doing before). After looking at a video on Pilgrimage to Lourdes in Class, it is clear that amongst many unfortunate or unhappy people, there is much happiness. 'The hardest thing about going to Lourdes is actually leaving, the people I met there were so true to themselves and I learnt to be like it too, I could finally accept things that I was conscious about like my weight', Said my relative who gained confidence in her time in Lourdes. From what I can gather from interviews and other accounts of pilgrimages I can see that anything can be gained on pilgrimage, if pilgrims set individual goals, big or small, and if they fully involve themselves and be open to new ideas and new people, anything can be gained and it can change their life. ...read more.

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