Hiking the Camino through the Lens of the Five Luminous Mysteries


“To go on pilgrimage is not simply to visit a place to admire its treasures of nature, art or history. To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendor and produced rich fruits of conversion and holiness among those who believe.”  (Pope Benedict XVI)


            In the Gospel of John, chapter 8 verse 12, we hear Jesus proclaim, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” As the light of the world, Jesus guides us on our way. Through His public ministry He leaves an example of how to walk as “perfect pilgrims.” Helping to illuminate His public life, are the five Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. Throughout the Luminous Mysteries Jesus displays, among other qualities; obedience, wisdom, perseverance, humility, and sacrifice. He prepares Himself and His disciples for what is to come as they undertake their pilgrimage to Jerusalem and ultimately to the Kingdom. During this process Jesus grows in what it means to be the Messiah and what it means to be the Son of God. Likewise, pilgrimage offers us a particular opportunity to grow in grace and to grow as fellow sons and daughters of God ourselves. With that in mind I would like to take a look at the experience of pilgrimage in light of the Luminous Mysteries. Continue reading