Three Pilgrimage Experiences

St. Ignatius referred to himself as a pilgrim, and many followers of the Ignatian way have used special times of pilgrimage to encounter God more deeply. Today we highlight three examples. Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, made a pilgrimage to the famous shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico and encountered great generosity and hospitality, as he explains in this five-minute video. Fr. Casey Beaumier, SJ, also did a pilgrimage during his early formation as […]

Casey Beaumier, SJ, on Pilgrimage

Casey Beaumier, SJ—author of A Purposeful Path: How Far Can You Go with $30, a Bus Ticket, and a Dream?—spoke at a Boston College event called Agape Latte. Here’s the video of the talk, in which he tells his story of pilgrimage and how people thought he was crazy on more than one occasion as he tried to meet Maya Angelou. Beaumier defines pilgrimage as “a personally transformative life-changing journey of risk, renewal, and awakening […]

Instant and Magnificent Kindness

In A Purposeful Path: How Far Can You Go with $30, a Bus Ticket, and a Dream?, Casey Beaumier, SJ, tells the story of his “begging” pilgrimage during his formation as a Jesuit. The pilgrimage, required of many Jesuits, is a lesson in trust and humility. Different in destination for each Jesuit, the pilgrimage deepens reliance on God’s provision as supplied through others’ generosity. Beaumier and his classmate Mark started on the Appalachian Trail. Shortly […]