The pilgrimage is the oldest expression of religiousness, known and practised both by Christians and by believers of other religions. For the Church it is a valid way of human promotion and evangelisation, for the strong calling that it exerts even on non practising people..
(Work of the Pilgrimages...)
|Pilgrimage to Assisi||Towns Village on the Pilgrimage|
”Vade Francisco et repara domum meam”
Leaflet to promote the pilgrimage
From Montepaolo........to Assisi
A pilgrimage....... in the midlle of Nature
A Pilgrimage in the third Millennium
Where is this great attraction hidden???? Even those who have already experienced one or more pilgrimages in recent times and have suffered in finding the essential things, such as: a roof to sleep under, fresh drinking water and, finally, something to eat, ask themselves and others what spurs one to set out on an adventure like this.
The main trend comes from the North of Europe, especially from Germany and France, and even from Canada, Japan, Brazil, and finally from Italy: in recent years also many Italians have felt the need to test new existential experiences, stimulated by hidden inner motivations. The secular and religious intellectual training, not to mention the actual social and political reality, is not able to attract the attention of the present generations any more.
Young people live the present cultural and religious opportunities with indifference, apart from their received education, and so they feel the need to investigate different models. Many sons of the most unbridled hedonism show a real courage in exploring new doctrinal spheres and be the protagonist of their own inner metamorphosis.
How the Pilgrimage to Assisi was born!!!
The Pilgrimage to Assisi was nearly spontaneously born from the fusion of many other short traditional pilgrimages, that already existed in the local sphere (See: Assisi, La Verna, Casella, Cerbaiolo, Montecasale, Montepaolo). These ways are linked to peculiar devotions and, lived in this spiritual dimension again, will give a new surge to the interior research, renewing the essence of Francis’s doctrine.
So it should be, not only the stones to testify to the stranger His Teaching, but also the renewal of the original Franciscan fraternity along the pilgrimage and in the community of Assisi itself.
So this new opportunity of pilgrimage stands in a wonderful natural Italian scenery, that has grown under the spiritual guidance of two great saints, Francis and Anthony, to brighten up the flame of "that Love that moves the sun and the others stars" that every man nearly unconsciously carries in himself.
Just in the month of July (2007), the councillors of Santiago and Assisi decided to twin these two towns for the common cultural and spiritual affinities, re-proposing the pilgrimage as a real source of a "new" evangelisation.Home
“To my brother Anthony, my bishop, I wish good health. I approve of your teaching theology to the monks, but only on condition that, owing to this study, you will not dampen the spirit of the holy prayer and devotion, as it is ordained in the Rule. Be well” Francis
“Here, on earth, the eye of the soul is Love, the only valid one to overcome any veil. Wherever the intellect stops, love proceeds with its own colour to the union with God” Saint Anthony from Padua, Sermone