The Journey: A Guide for the Modern Pilgrim

The Journey: A Guide for the Modern Pilgrim

by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda, Michael A. Scaperlanda
     
 

Michael and Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda summon travelers to the ancient practice of pilgrimage. Today, as in centuries past, a journey can become a spiritual experience rich with meaning and insight. The Journey shows modern pilgrims how their travels can become rewarding encounters with the sacred.

Drawing deeply on their own experience of consecrated travel, the

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Michael and Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda summon travelers to the ancient practice of pilgrimage. Today, as in centuries past, a journey can become a spiritual experience rich with meaning and insight. The Journey shows modern pilgrims how their travels can become rewarding encounters with the sacred.

Drawing deeply on their own experience of consecrated travel, the Scaperlandas guide readers into the heart of the pilgrim experience. Much of their advice is practical: What are the most promising pilgrimage destinations? How can families go on pilgrimage? How can vacations and tourism be transformed into a journey of pilgrimage? They give special attention to practices and attitudes that can make all travel sacred. Their depth of understanding enables readers to connect the inner and outer journeys-whether on trails halfway around the world or on the well-worn paths of home.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
This collaborative effort by Catholic journalist Maria Scaperlanda and her law-professor husband, Michael, draws on the couple's extensive travels, including a European pilgrimage they bravely undertook with their four children in the Catholic Church's Jubilee Year 2000. In chapters written alternately by each, the Scaperlandas offer practical advice, personal reflection and stories from journeys taken individually and together. Whether traveling through life or on a tour bus, they ask readers to consider the difference between being a tourist and a pilgrim. One, they observe, is immersed in sights and activities while the other is always on the look-out for God. In their own meanderings, the Scaperlandas obviously favor the God-seeking approach. They propose that all travel, because it disturbs daily routines, presents an opportunity for heightened awareness of God. Michael illustrates this in particular in his chapter on "Making All Travel Sacred," in which he tells how to incorporate visits to monasteries or churches into business trips and how to make family vacations "blessed events." Despite the heavily Catholic flavor of this guide, anyone who loves to travel and wants to make it a spiritual experience will find this a helpful companion. Catholic families and others interested in planning pilgrimages to holy sites also will benefit from the Scaperlandas' vast experience, which is further expanded upon in their appendices of resources. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780829416176
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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