During this pilgrimage in which we seek the guidance — and prayers — of “Holy Souls,” we will encounter the holy men and women of old who have left something of their spiritual presence in the places we visit. There are living souls filled with God’s grace, too, and we are very blessed to have Fr. Cassian Folsom, the founding abbot of the resurrected Benedictine monastery near Norcia, Italy, as one of the living “holy souls” on our pilgrimage. It is a privileged time to be part of the living Body of Christ, during these days of the “two Popes” — Benedict and Francis – two other “holy souls,” so very different and yet each so filled with the love of Christ and His Church.
We will also have the privilege of witnessing two miracles. One is the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano, which not only strengthens our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, but also spurs us to greater love and gratitude to the Lord who has given us this gift: “I believe, O Lord; Help Thou my unbelief!”(Mark 9:24)
The other is the Holy Face of Manoppello, the image of Jesus inexplicably appearing on a rare cloth made from the beards of mussels; it is the Face about which St. Therese of Lisieux wrote: “Thy face, in its unearthly grace/ Is like the divinest myrrh to me.”
This pilgrimage of encounter with Holy Souls and Miracles will be a unique, grace-filled opportunity for spiritual enlightenment and refreshment for you and your fellow pilgrims.