The Journey: A Guide for the Modern Pilgrim

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This collaborative effort by Catholic journalist Maria Scaperlanda and her law-professor husband, Michael, draws on the couple's extensive travels, including a European pilgrimage they bravely undertook with their four children in the Catholic Church's Jubilee Year 2000. In chapters written alternately by each, the Scaperlandas offer practical advice, personal reflection and stories from journeys taken individually and together. Whether traveling through life or on a tour bus, they ask readers to consider the difference between being a tourist and a pilgrim. One, they observe, is immersed in sights and activities while the other is always on the look-out for God. In their own meanderings, the Scaperlandas obviously favor the God-seeking approach. They propose that all travel, because it disturbs daily routines, presents an opportunity for heightened awareness of God. Michael illustrates this in particular in his chapter on "Making All Travel Sacred," in which he tells how to incorporate visits to monasteries or churches into business trips and how to make family vacations "blessed events." Despite the heavily Catholic flavor of this guide, anyone who loves to travel and wants to make it a spiritual experience will find this a helpful companion. Catholic families and others interested in planning pilgrimages to holy sites also will benefit from the Scaperlandas' vast experience, which is further expanded upon in their appendices of resources. 

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MarÌa Ruiz Scaperlanda is an award-winning Catholic journalist and author with degrees from the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma. Her books include The Seekerís Guide to Mary (Loyola Press, 2002) and Their Faith Has Touched Us: The Legacies of Three Young Oklahoma City Bombing Victims (Sheed & Ward, 1997).Michael Scaperlanda is the Gene and Elaine Edwards Family Chair in Law at the University of Oklahoma. His is co-editor of the three volume book, Immigration and the Constitution (Garland 2001) and is finishing Self-Evident Truths: Catholic Perspectives on American Law. Maria and Michael reside in Norman, Oklahoma, with their children.

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To the Scaperlandas, all travel is sacred, even the dullest business trips. Indeed, journalist Maria Ruiz and law professor Michael are intentional pilgrims, traveling for business, pleasure, and faith, though sacred pilgrimage interests them most. They explore the essence of pilgrimage from a distinctly Catholic perspective, discussing traditional pilgrimages; examining various biblical pilgrimages, from Adam and Eve's out of Paradise to the Prodigal Son's journey to forgiveness and freedom; and pondering the journeys of holy persons from St. Ignatius of Loyola to Karol Wojtyla, better known today as Pope John Paul II. They also consider ways in which readers can heighten spiritual awareness through journaling or such devotions as praying the Stations of the Cross. Their friendly and accessible style, buoyant attitude, and combination of practical advice and thoughtful insight should appeal to many spiritual seekers, as should such features of the book as their suggested pilgrimage sites for Christians, questions and topics for journaling, and lists of travel agencies, pilgrim associations, and useful Web-sites. June Sawyers
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