I’m less than two weeks from my first pilgrimage. What, you may ask, is a pilgrimage? ‘Pilgrimage’ is often used to describe an individual’s journey through life, sometimes as a general description of personal growth and exploration, sometimes, as in Christianity, outlining a particular spiritual focus or pathway which it is believed will lead to encounter with God. So I’m going on a spiritual pilgrimage to Fatima.
Where is Fatima? Fatima is in central Portugal. town that’s home to the Sanctuary of Fátima, a Catholic pilgrimage site. The Capelinha das Aparições marks the spot where the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared in 1917. I will be going to Mass at the Capelinha, which is amazing to me.
Now let me tell you. This is not the first foreign country I’ve visited. Before 2001, I lived close to the Canadian border. We would go to Canada all the time. It only required identification – so a driver’s license. This trip has required obtaining a passport. That was step one in my trip. I actually booked my plane ticket prior to getting the passport. Yes, it can be done. I added my passport number after I received my passport.
I will probably not be posting when I am in Portugal but I have several more posts coming before my take off later this month. I want to tell you all about prepping for my pilgrimage.
Stay tuned for more.