Day 7: A True Pilgrimage


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“Going on pilgrimage without change of hearth brings no reward of God. For it is by practicing virtue and not mere motion of feet that we will be brought to Heaven.”

We met this inscription at Ballintubber Abbey earlier on our pilgrimage and I can now say that our way from Knock to Croagh Patrick wasn’t just about moving our feet.

The climb on the top of the mountain was hard but we all managed to do it with our intentions for the pilgrimage in our minds and some zigzagging whenever the path became too steep. We reached the top all together with joined hands.

Our pilgrimage came to an end today. We climbed Croagh Patrick together. We left the rough-edged stones we brought all the way from Ballintubber Abbey on the top of it, each of us in his/her special ceremony, and got new round-edged stones in exchange for them to symbolize the change that happened in us. We are all leaving Magis a bit different than we were when we came here.

We celebrated reaching our goal by singing and dancing folk dances from different countries. The Irish one showed to be a bit too hard for our dancing abilities, but we became really good in Hungarian a Belgian dance.

Right now we are all looking forward to sleeping in actual beds, taking a real shower (our hygiene in last 3 days consisted merely of using plenty of baby wipes) and wearing clean clothes (everything in my backpack looks like a very stinky pile of something that just shouldn’t be worn by anyone).

We are all sad that our paths are about to part so soon, but the main thing we feel is gratefulness for all the new friendships and memories.

 

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