What is a pilgrimage? It's certainly not a vacation, says Greg Friedman, OFM, who leads tours in Assisi, Italy, and the Holy Land. "When you go on pilgrimage," Fr. Greg says, "you are there to allow God to work in your life."
In the late 1980s, I lived in Brooklyn. I had a pretty nice, reasonably priced, one-bedroom apartment, but my neighborhood was, to be charitable, tired. On weekends, there was nothing of interest to keep me there, so I got in the habit of taking the subway under the East River to Manhattan.
Although the Alamo is a national historic site (especially for Texans!), most visitors don’t realize that before the famous 1836 battle between a few dozen men and a Mexican army numbering in the thousands, this site was already holy ground as a Franciscan mission founded to evangelize the area’s Native Americans.
The Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, formerly the Cathedral of St. Louis, and colloquially referred to as the "Old Cathedral," is the only example in America of a historic Catholic landmark positioned under a modern secular landmark.