KUCHING – Pilgrimage is not just about travelling or taking a holiday. A holiday is meant to be a time of rest. On the other hand, a pilgrimage is meant to reflect the journey of life itself; it is also about seeking. The true pilgrim is actually trying to find a way home to God, the Creator of all. The pilgrimage expresses the call we experience within, a call which could be put into one word, expressed as an invitation, ‘COME’.
With this in mind, a group of about 120 parishioners and their friends gathered together at the Blessed Sacrament Centre (Stampin) early on 15 September for the start of their pilgrimage to the Catholic Memorial and Pilgrimage Centre (CMPC) at Mount Singai (Bau).
After asking for God’s blessings for a safe journey, they left for the foot of Mount Singai and were met on arrival by Fr Albert Jacobse who was to lead them on the pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage commenced with a short prayer led by Fr Albert. As the group was large, they divided themselves into two groups with the young and energetic ones going in front followed by the not-so-young and less energetic ones. On the way up they stopped at each of the 14 Stations recalling the Passion of Jesus.
Like the pilgrimage of life itself which has easy paths and difficult roads, this pilgrimage was no different so involved struggle, hard work and determination. All of this was undertaken to keep the group mindful of that deeper call not just about life after death, but also about the here and now.
The group reached the destination – Christ the King Chapel – a little after 10 am. After a short rest, they proceeded to the Grotto to recite the Rosary. This was followed by Mass where they were joined by some students having a camp at the venue. It was a beautiful culmination of a fruitful pilgrimage travelled in humility and love with everyone joining in the singing and prayers and also thanking God for the many blessings showered on them.
Whatever their intentions, all left the Centre touched in one way or another.