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Select International Tours and Cruises Pilgrimage Blog

It’s Been a Good Week at Select

As you might imagine, things have been a bit different in the office of Select International these past ten months. When the ball dropped on January 1st, 2020, we prepared for the most significant travel year in our thirty-four-year history. By the middle of March,...

Traveling During a Pandemic-Tips and Tricks From Recent Experience

Is it safe to travel? How are airlines and airports ensuring the health of their customers? What are the different state and country requirements for arrival – is there testing or quarantine involved?  These are all questions I recently asked myself (and Google)...
Visiting Guadalupe and Mexico City Select International Tours

Visiting Guadalupe and Mexico City: Getting by with a little help from my (Spanish-speaking) friends

Am I not here, I who am your mother?   On this day 489 years ago, December 12, 1531, Juan Diego heard these words in his native language from Our Lady on Tepeyac Hill in Guadalupe, Mexico (now a part of Mexico City). She healed his uncle and asked for a church to...
The Oberammergau Passion Play

The Oberammergau Passion Play: Where I Received a Deeper Appreciation of Our Lord’s Passion

Growing up Catholic, I, of course, had been to the Good Friday liturgies, but doubt that I really understood or fully appreciated the Passion of Our Lord. As an adult, I was blessed to go to the Holy Land, where I got a glimpse into the life of Christ, saw where He...
Why is a Holy Land Pilgrimage Important for a Busy Mom

Why is a Holy Land Pilgrimage Important for a Busy Mom?

In November of 2018, my life was forever altered through an unexpected opportunity to lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Pilgrimage was not on my landscape. My days were filled with family and career responsibilities; there was no time to even consider traveling. I...

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Do you have a pilgrimage story to share? Do you have some tips or tricks that might help pilgrims? We would love to see your stories and consider them for our blog.

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Holy Land Impressions by Rose Sweet

Holy Land Impressions by Rose Sweet

Back from our 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. My heart is still in another world even though my feet are in California.
I knew I would experience emotions, but I also knew not to force it. Just sit back and let the Lord speak to me. I was unprepared…

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We are Partnering with the Catholic Feminist Podcast

We are Partnering with the Catholic Feminist Podcast

Today, Select International Tours and Cruises is excited to announce our partnership with the Catholic Feminist Podcast. We understand that the word “feminist” is not usually associated with “Catholic.” Which is one of the reasons we are so excited about this partnership.

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The God Quest: Faith-Based Travel

Exploring the difference between taking a vacation and making a pilgrimage.

By Denise Bossert

One of my favorite Bible stories comes from the book of Ruth. It is the prototype for all faith travel. It captures the mysterious dynamic of the life-changing pilgrimage experience.

When one stands in Bethlehem and looks out over Shepherds’ Field, the stories rise to the surface and people of faith cannot help but stand in awe, remembering.

Standing there, you remember the angels who sang to shepherds in that field, announcing the Messiah’s arrival, but you also remember the things of the Old Testament: the fall of Jericho and Rahab who helped save God’s people. You think of her son Boaz and Bethlehem where he lived. Your mind goes to Naomi who left Bethlehem and traveled to Moab (Jordan) with her husband during a time of famine and settled there until her husband and both sons died. But mostly, you think of Ruth, Naomi’s daughter-in-law. Ruth provides us with a glimpse into the mystery of pilgrimage, what it is, how it changes us, the gifts it yields.

After Naomi lost her husband and sons, she returned to Bethlehem along with Ruth.

Ruth’s words to Naomi become the mantra of every pilgrim. Ruth looks over her shoulder at what she is leaving behind, and then she locks her eyes on Naomi and says, “Where you go, I will go. Where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”

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