A pilgrimage is a personal journey where the primary reason for making it is to ultimately feel closer to God (even if we don’t know it at the time). There are many amazing pilgrimage sites in the United States and throughout the world. Places where you can see relics, beautiful works of art, the incorrupt bodies of saints, the places of miracles and apparitions of the saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Places of immense beauty and wonder. They are worth the trip and the journey can be immensely transformative. There is a place where you can go to get the closest to God that most of us on earth will ever be and it is probably close to your home. It’s one of the places that God is waiting for us but we overlook – adoration. Many parishes offer adoration at designated times during the week and there are some that offer adoration 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can find where adoration is available near you here. The site lists over 7185 locations for adoration by state.
I know that many people struggle with how to fit adoration into their day, especially if the times and locations for adoration in your area are limited. Keep this in mind, you don’t have to go for a full hour. It’s best to go for an hour if you can, but if you can only go for 30 minutes, 15 minutes, 10 minutes or even 5 minutes it’s worth it. If you can only walk in and say ‘hi’ to God then do it. I can only make it for 15 or 20 minutes at a church that’s near where I work, but I try to go every week. I can’t tell you what a difference its made in my life.
Don’t overlook adoration. It’s probably the single best pilgrimage you can make.