Members of the CJ community spent part of their summer opening their hearts and minds during a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi. The trip was part of an annual adventure the non-profit organization, 4Mary, puts together.
“We visited religious sites during the day, retreat time during the early evening and Eucharistic Adoration in the late evening,” organizer Tim O’Loughlin said.
“I wanted to go on this pilgrimage because of my experience with my last pilgrimage in Fatima,” shared Lauren Cartone ‘17. “I grew a lot in my faith during the last pilgrimage and knew that the time was perfect to grow deeper. Plus, what a more beautiful choice to experience this than Italy?!”
During their ten day journey, the group went to many sites including four Papal Basilicas, the Sala Sancta (the Holy Steps), Mt. Subasio to visit St. Francis' hermitage, and the Holy House in Loreto where Mary's house from Nazareth was miraculously moved by angels to protect it from invasion in the Holy Land.
“Climbing Mt. Subasio to reach the hermitage of St. Francis was my favorite experience,” said Cecilia Meadors ‘18. “It was so peaceful to be on a mountain top, walking along pathways in nature that St. Francis probably ventured on at some point.”
“One experience particularly humbled my heart,” Cartone reflected. “We all knelt up 28 steps of marble on the Holy Steps. These were stairs that Jesus stepped on to trial. There was a drop of Jesus' blood encased that I got to touch my crucifix of my rosary to. Halfway through my knees went numb from the pain. As I made it to each new step I began to reflect on how little we go through compared to what Jesus did.”
O’Loughlin said details about next summer’s pilgrimage will be posted on www.4Mary.org in the fall.
Posted August 8, 2019