“A Sacred Journey in Search of God”

 

 

Internet access was so sporadic and brief and iffy during my just-concluded six weeks in the Middle East and Europe that I failed to provide links for several items that it is a primary function of this blog to provide links to.  (Could you follow that rather convoluted sentence with its dangling preposition?)  Anyway, I don’t think that I provided a link to this Hamblin/Peterson column.  If I already did, I apologize.

 

I didn’t realize, at the time our column appeared, that I would soon be heading to Canterbury Cathedral.  But that visit, on Saturday, was entirely appropriate to the article’s theme.

 

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  • http://mormon.org Tracy Hall Jr

    When our stake president learned of our mission call to the Alpine German-speaking Mission, he said, “Oh, that’s just a license to tour!” Tourist, or pilgrim? It’s in your attitude, I suppose. Years from now I suppose we’ll be making a pilgrimage to these “old” stomping grounds, just as you just did to the mission field of your youth.
    There is indeed something deeply sacred about being physically “set apart” from home to serve among strangers who will become your best friends. We serve in Klagenfurt, Austria, just a 20-minute drive from the top of Magdalensberg. Like many high hills in Austria, it hosts a Roman Catholic Church and a Gasthaus (hotel-restaurant.) On its lower slopes, however, Magdalensberg also houses the excavated ruins of a Celtic/Roman villa. I like to think that some of my ancestors lived there, and I’m tempted to add photos of its tombstones, dating from the time of Christ, to BillionGraves.com.
    On the second Friday after Easter, Magdalensberg becomes the start of the “Vierberg Pilgermarsch” (Four Mountain Pilgrimage). Some 50 horizontal km, 2.5 vertical km, and sixteen hours later, those who have climbed Magdalensberg (1059 m), Ulrichsberg (1022 m), Veitsberg (1171 m), and Lorenziberg (971 m) receive forgiveness of all their sins. Repeat it three times, and you are assured of Paradise. If the pilgrimage should ever cease, so will the world, so every April thousands of faithful Carinthians labor as proxy saviors of mankind. http://bit.ly/MZ4uNA
    Utah County and Carinthia each have roughly half a million inhabitants. Utah County has about 1,700 LDS wards: Carinthia has one. But someday a temple of the Lord will stand atop Magdalensberg, where thousands of faithful Carinthians will labor as proxy saviors of mankind.


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