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Judith Weible on Medjugorje & the Future of Pilgrimage
On September 3, 2020, our Group Leader, Judith Weible was interviewed by Christine Rossi, host of Radio Maria’s A Light in the World Podcast.
Judith runs Weible Columns, a non-profit founded by her late husband Wayne Weible in 1989. This monthly newspaper was created to bring the message of Medjugorje to America. Wayne was a hero of Medjugorje and a loyal friend of 206 Tours, traveling with us for over 20 years. He championed Our Lady of Medjugorje, Queen of Peace with a dedication and passion that changed the lives of so many people. Judith has dedicated her life to carrying on Wayne’s mission.
Christine introduces Judith as an “experienced pilgrim, traveler, and leader”. For over a decade, Judith has been on over 25 Pilgrimages with 206 Tours. During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Judith like so many pilgrims has been unable to visit Medjugorje. In this difficult and restrictive period, pilgrims have found solace in prayer, specifically prayer for peace, as they wait to return to Medjugorje.
The Weible Columns store holds a full collection of books on Medjugorje, as well as about other Marian Shrines. She refers to their collection as anything that “brings people spiritual nourishment”. See the full store, here: www.weiblecolumns.org
To Judith, Pilgrimage is an essential part of “spiritual growth” that provides opportunities to “receive special graces to move forward, to move closer to Christ.”
“I do believe that God calls us on pilgrimage…. when there are special graces to be given to us. When we are at home with the business of our lives, sometimes it is impossible for God to speak to us and shower us with those graces. And when he calls us on Pilgrimage it’s because he has a powerful grace to give us, and we take a week out of our lives, and we quiet down – no television, etcetera, etcetera, and we give that week to God. And when we give that week to God, He can get through the noise of life… and Pilgrimage is not just about prayer to God, but perhaps more importantly it’s about listening to God.”
Judith predicts there will be a “huge boom” in pilgrimage travel post-pandemic, as she believes this time in quarantine has given many an even stronger desire to go on Pilgrimage. She says that pilgrims “crave Pilgrimage” because the “more you spend time alone with God, the more you want to spend time alone with God”.
Listen to the full Podcast on Pilgrimage, click here:
[Podcast originally published here]
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