Have you ever heard of a “ley line”? These are straight lines that can be draw on a map linking both man made and natural sites that line up in a significant way. For example there is a Ley Line of St. Michael in Southern England, which links up various abbeys, etc.
However, there is an even more spectacular Ley Line of St. Michael the Archangel.
This ley line of this Via Michaelica links…
- Skellig Michael in Ireland
- Saint Michael’s Mount in Cornwall
- Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France
- La Sacra di San Michele in Piemonte, Italy
- Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo di Monte Sant’Angelo in Gargano, Italy
- St. Michael Monastery, Panormitis on the Island of Symi, Greece.
- Ruins of the Carmel on Mount Carmel.
As a friend recently wrote to me about how to get to these places:
Fly to Shannon, from Shannon go to Cork and get a boat to Cornwall, then train to London, chunnel to Paris, bus to Mont St. Michel, then back to Paris and train to Torino, — bus to San Michele — , train/bus to Gargano-Monte Sant’Angelo, back to Rome, then fly to Istanbul, and train or bus to Marmaris and the island of Symi (belongs to Greece, not Turkey — you could even do a side trip to Patmos), then back to Istanbul and a short flight to Tel Aviv.
So… imagine a pilgrimage with daily TLM and really good food.
Just thinking aloud, as it were.
Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio, contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae caelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute, in infernum detrude. Amen.