Today, a bit more on pilgrimages:
260. In it, pilgrims undergo the experience of a mystery that goes beyond them, the transcendence not only of God, but also of the Church, which transcends their family and their neighborhood. At shrines many pilgrims make decisions that mark their lives. These walls contain many stories that millions could tell of conversion, forgiveness, and gifts received.
“These walls” refer to the basilica at the national shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida. Pilgrimage can be a positive experience of rupture. We reach a turning point in life, having been moved to make a journey, to move out of our routine. Biblical figures, Christian saints, those anonymous millions: all moved out of the everyday sameness of life, seeking deeper virtue with God who drew them more out of themselves and into a new place.
For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.