GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! Pilgrimage 2018
Every Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help seems to take on a special memory of its own. This 84th pilgrimage was no exception. In the midst of all the turmoil that has continued to bombard us on all sides, there was a palpable atmosphere of peace which seemed to pervade the entire Mount. Yes, hearts were heavy with news of political chaos, church struggles, violence in our cities and towns, and sufferings and death brought on by all sort of addictions. Yet, the pilgrims who came seemed to bask in the love of Mary, Hope of All Generations.
We, the Sisters, continue to share the stories of our dear pilgrims, admiring their courage, determination and loving support. We are truly humbled by their continued faith. So many made the sacrifices of time and treasure to come from distant places with the expectation of being spiritually nourished. Others came from nearby with children and grandchildren hoping to share this time and tradition with new generations.
All who came played a significant part in making this pilgrimage a memorable and spiritual uplifting event. From the youngest baby pilgrim to the oldest, the children who make the Children’s Procession such a touching sight, the numerous pilgrims patiently standing in line to receive the Mystery of Reconciliation, our teenagers and young adults; all made the pilgrimage a mosaic of all generations. We Sisters are truly grateful for such vibrant expressions of faith.
Prayer is the greatest gift that we can offer, and you can be assured that our prayers will accompany you every day. May Our Lady of Perpetual Help watch over you, keep you in her loving care, lead you back to this holy Mount for pilgrimage 2019.
With our love, prayers, and sincere gratitude,
Sister Ruth and the Sisters of St. Basil