a person who journeys to a sacred place for religious reasons.
• (usu. Pilgrim )a member of a group of English Puritans fleeing religious persecution who sailed in the Mayflower and founded the colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620.
• a person who travels on long journeys.
verb ( pilgrims, pilgriming, pilgrimed ) [ no obj. ] archaic
travel or wander like a pilgrim.
pilgrimize |-ˌmīz|verb( archaic)
ORIGIN Middle English: from Provençal pelegrin, from Latin peregrinus ‘foreign’ (see peregrine) .
Aren't we all pilgrims? We are all on a journey of some sort. A journey towards love. A journey toward acceptance. A journey toward knowledge. Each of us can define our life by our journeys. Some are full of goodness, success, and joy. For others, they are pilgrim journeys of strife, struggle, and hardtimes. For most of us, it is a blend of good and bad, easy and difficult. But for each of us, the journey is the most important part, not the destination.
Enya wrote a song, Pilgrim, that you may find a map, source of hope, or evidence of camaraderie in our journey. Embrace the pilgrim in you!