Life’s Pilgrimage

Hello friends! It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to write here but mostly because the kids and I have been prepping for a Traditional Catholic pilgrimage to Mexico City. We leave in the wee hours of the feast of the Immaculate Conception (aka tomorrow) with our FSSP Pastor and a bunch of other people from our church and around the country. I can’t wait to update you all on the flip side with the abundant graces that are sure to be poured out on each one of us! I will be fasting and praying and carrying your prayer intentions with us.

I have some other things to update on (Avila’s first homeschool dance, Advent preparations, the Worthy of Wearing womanhood/femininity/style challenge and much more. But until then I’d love to leave you with some thoughts regarding being a pilgrim.

Heading to Mexico City as pilgrims (vs tourists) has got me thinking about our pilgrimage through life. In reading about being a pilgrim, I see that the main difference is a pilgrim is concerned with the destination, not simply the experience. As we walk on our knees towards the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe we won’t be thinking about the experience of our knees hurting but rather the destination of encountering the miracle that was responsible for the conversion of 8,000,000 pagans and subsequently the founding of America.

And in life, especially in light of losing Michael, the kids and I are less focused on what the experience of life is – namely what feels good and what brings pleasure – but rather we are focused on our destination of heaven. And we must pack lightly and prepare wisely and ignore the hunger pains and annoyances of the traveling in order to focus on arriving at our destination fully ready to be there.

There’s so much more I’d love to say (sorry, I say that a lot don’t I?? too much pondering, I guess…) but I’ll leave it at that for now. Please keep us in your prayers as we set off. And if you’d like to follow along on our day to day journeyings, pop over to my Instagram stories. I’ll make sure to share more here when we get back!

 

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2 Comments

  1. Mackenzie on December 9, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Kristine! Thought of you yesterday during Mass and Adoration (rosaries and divine mercy chaplets for all life) knowing you were en route.
    The Holy Spirit had me sitting across from Our Lady of Guadalupe on the church wall…..and it’s not my regular parish.

    Praying for all of you during this beautiful pilgrimage.
    May you be blessed in a special way by our Blessed mother and fiercely protected by Mother Mary, Virgin, most Powerful. In Jesus name, Amen!

    Pray for me to stay off IG…..sacrificed social media for Advent to make room for our Lord, Jesus and boy is He digging!! But really going to miss your daily adventures. Will eagerly await your blog updates 🙂

    Dominus vobiscum, dear friend.

  2. Denise Robb on February 18, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Kristine,
    My name is Denise from Omaha, Nebraska. I want to offer my condolences for the loss of your husband. I have prayed for you and your beautiful children often. Thank you for sharing your story with us. You inspire me to get closer to God and to be a better mom and person every time I read your messages. You give me so much hope. I am a nurse but stay home now full time for the past 12 years and will continue because my 15 year old had some medical changes and became special needs 5 years ago. I am also a bracelet designer and would like to make you a bracelet in memory of your husband. Would that be ok?
    I love sharing my faith with others through my bracelets. Your messages have brought me so much and this is my little way to give back to you.
    May I ask for prayers for my marriage and husband please. Thank you for sharing your true feelings and God with me. Many blessings,
    Denise

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