Why Go on Pilgrimages? “It is therapeutic” says Journal of Consumer Research

by Steve Ray on June 4, 2019

If they had asked Janet and I, we could have helped them understand pilgrimages and why people love them and find them life-changing. The article below is a little skewed but it is interesting.

People who travel with us have all the rejuvenating effects mentioned below, but what the author doesn’t understand is the spiritual dimension is real and pilgrimages that help people draw closer to Christ and his Mother and the Catholic Faith — through prayer, the Mass, fellowship with like-minded believers — all of this is much more than an “emotional release.” But it is an interesting read.

Study finds solution for workplace stress: Go on a pilgrimage!

Religious retreats are found to be more effective than traditional therapeutic methods at promoting the emotional well-being of employees.

Employers looking for an answer to the problem of workplace burnout might consider sending their employees on a religious retreat, scientists at the Universities of Lancaster and Strathclyde say.

320px-Our_Lady_of_Lourdes_BasilicaAfter spending three years interviewing visitors to the Catholic pilgrimage site in Lourdes, France, researchers concluded that trips to spiritual destinations (or “emotional tourism,” as the researchers call it) offer an effective therapeutic antidote to workplace stress.

In a report in the Daily Telegraph, Dr. Leighanne Higgins, who led the research, noted that “therapeutic servicescapes” can help businesses cultivate the emotional well being of their employees:

“Our research is helpful because it can show how businesses can cultivate emotions to promote well-being, especially when society tells us these emotions should not be displayed or shared in public,” she said.

“Therapeutic servicescapes could be helpful for personal and/or company retreats or employee training to help with workplace stress, anxiety and mental health well-being.

“Likewise they could be helpful for companies wishing to build such a service experience to help promote emotional well-being.

“Religious landscapes have a unique foothold in the market, and it is likely that we will see demand for pilgrimages continue to increase.”

This news would come as no surprise to the late Michele Ferrero, founder of the confectioner Nutella. He, along with his top manager, made a pilgrimage to Lourdes, and organized a visit to the French shrine for his employees.

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Sue J. June 5, 2019 at 12:02 PM

I sure would have loved to be able to go on a ‘pilgrimage’ at least, once in my lifetime (especially, to Fatima); but, I could never ‘afford’ such a luxury. Now, I’m too old and too sick — and still, too poor — to go anywhere. It’s been a really hard struggle through the years, to NOT ‘envy’ those who were healthy, and who COULD afford to go on such ‘awesome’ trips.
It often irks me, when some ‘Catholic pilgrims’ seem to take those trips for granted; especially, when they ‘share’ their experiences … and then, ‘declare’ that: “EVERY Catholic believer ‘should’ embark on such a pilgrimage … so that they too, could receive the same blessings” that they’ve received. As IF God DOESN’T bless those who DON’T or CAN’T take such costly voyages!

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