There are many reasons and ways to pray, but at the root of prayer is always the desire to be open to God’s presence and His offer of love. It is the Spirit of the Son that calls the Christian community to prayer and allows fo turnr each person to return  to the Father. It was Jesus who entrusted His disciples with the Lord’s Prayer, which is commented on by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (cf. CCC 2759-2865).

The Christian tradition also offers other texts, such as the Hail Mary, that can help to find words to address God: “By a living transmission—Tradition—the Holy Spirit in the Church teaches the children of God to pray” (CCC 2661).

The  of prayer opportunities on the journey show that the pilgrim holds the path to God “in his heart” (Psalm  83:6). Refreshment is also provided by the various stops and opportunities for rest along the way, which are often organized around shrines, sanctuaries, and other places filled with spiritual significance, where one realizes that — before us and alongside us — other pilgrims have also passed along and traveled those same roads. Indeed, the paths leading to Rome have often been trod by many saints.