A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way;
the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people;
no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.
THE HOLY WAY …
Here’s a new approach to pilgrimage for most of you. It was inspired by El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James). We call it “El Camino Sagrado” or The Holy Way.
The Holy Way is a spiritual hike. It can be done locally wherever you live or work. The faithful can embark on a Holy Way route almost anywhere in the world. In this article, we’ll introduce you to the key points of the pilgrimage and invite you to get started in your community. Then we’ll follow up with a series of informative blog articles on our “Road Worthy” page.
- Why is this pilgrimage called the (a) “Holy Way?”
It’s based on Is 35:8, one of two foundational Bible passages for Catholic Roads. The other is Jn 14:6 … the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
- What is a “Holy Way” route?
A Holy Way Route is a prescribed walk of various distances. Typically, they exist in cities and small towns. They have a starting place and a stopping place. They also include “milestones” or stopping points for rest and special prayer.”
- How do you establish your own Holy Way route?
You can do it alone or with a group of friends. Select a desirable area that feels safe to walk and also has lots of activity that might suggest prayer needs as you walk. If possible, select a route that has at least one Catholic place (a church, a shrine, a Catholic book or gift store, etc.). And have a clear idea of distance — how far the walk should be. If you establish a long walk, set it up so that it’s possible for pilgrims (walkers) to accomplish the entire walk over a period of days (not all at once).
- Should I (we) publish our Holy Way route online for others?
That certainly is a good idea. Before you do, however, make sure it’s safe and easily walkable by lots of people of different ages and fitness levels. The more interesting the Holy Way route, the more likely others will begin to join you there too.
- What do we do during the walk to make it “spiritual” or “holy”?
Pray. Try to see the Holy Way route through the eyes of God. It has been said, be on site with insight. And always plan to stop at the Catholic site for special prayer, if at all possible. If it is a Catholic Church, pray in front of the tabernacle and Holy Eucharist. We’ll add additional content about special prayers that really lend themselves to walking the “Holy Way” in your community.