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Churches of Paris: Exploring the History of the City of Lights through its Churches

It almost seems like everywhere you turn in Paris, you can spot a Catholic church. With France’s strong Catholic history, it makes sense that throughout the years, more and more churches have popped up across the city (and the country). With the oldest church dating...
Our First Pilgrims Return to Italy

Travel is Back: Our First Pilgrims Return to Italy

The weeks leading up to August 2, 2021, were filled with news of variants and ever-changing travel requirements. In the midst of the unknown, a group of 18 faithful pilgrims waited to see if their trip would actually be able to travel. There were a lot of thoughts and...

Kibeho: A Marian Apparition Site You May Have Missed

“I am a servant of the Servant of the Lord – please let me know if there’s anything I can do to make your visit more fruitful”. What a perfect welcome message from Father Francis as we arrived in Kibeho, the most recent Vatican-approved Marian apparition site. Kibeho,...

Ireland-the Land of Abundant, Surprising, and Fascinating Catholic History

A Marian apparition site, Benedictine monastery, and a JFK mosaic inside of a cathedral – what more could you ask for out of a trip? We were able to see all of these and more on our mother-daughter trip to Ireland two years ago. Our 10-day trip took us around the...

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,...

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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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