We are now in the third week of January, with Christmas seeming like a distant memory and New Year resolutions just about holding up! Anyway, I have good news to proclaim!
PAX TRAVEL IS 35 YEARS OLD THIS WEEK.
I was a VERY young man when I established the company in January 1978. Have I any regrets? No, of course not. Pax has survived (in no particular order) the aftermath of several earthquakes (Assisi 1997), volcanic ash (April 2010), two Gulf Wars (1991 and 2003), the uprising in the occupied territories of Palestine (2000 – 2004), the financial crises of 1981, 1989 – 1993, 2008 – 2009, and yet we are still here! We are proud to have taken over 100,000 pilgrims to all parts of the world, ranging from Walsingham to Peru and Uruguay. We have designed and organised more specialised, tailor-made pilgrimages than any other UK pilgrimage company and hope to continue to do so! This year, perhaps our most exciting pilgrimage is in June to Lebanon, for supporters of Aid to the Church in Need, but how about to La Salette in May, or to Lourdes joining Pro-Life supporters this September. You could also join one of our 2013 pilgrimages to Rome for the Year of Faith including the visit for the Feast of SS Peter and Paul (27thJune – 1st July) when there is the probability of an English Cardinal being appointed by Pope Benedict.
I wonder if you read Judith’s inspiring essay on pilgrimage in the Christmas edition of the Catholic Herald. I will leave you with some of her reflections:
'Holidays can often bring surprises (good and bad) but a pilgrimage can lead to revelations and reach the depths of our being which we never knew existed because what we have come for whether we are really aware of it or not, is God and God never fails to deliver! A pilgrimage itinerary can read much like that of a cultural tour but we do not just stand and stare at the Holy sites like works of art or architecture but we enter into them. Our knowledge that we bring with us of our faith, however flimsy or superficial it may be is the gateway for us to discover more of what we are and what we wish to become and like Chaucer’s pilgrims we are in good company, if at times our group of companions seems rather like a motley crew!'