For thousands of years, people have been visiting important religious sites. If we ask, why should this practice be important? The answer is important to our spiritual growth. A Shrine is officially defined as a holy or sacred place, which is dedicated to a specific martyr, saint, Our Blessed Mother, or similar figure of awe and respect, at which they are venerated. A Shrine gives us another place to truly learn about our God, Our Blessed Mother, and many of the saints, each one honoring and focusing on a story, a history and giving us better understanding our faith. Those who visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation say that their visit is both a spiritual and physical journey. Coming physically to Our Lady’s Shrine, we respond to the invitation she gave to St. Catherine of Sienna, “Come to the altar and pray, and great graces will be shed upon you.” This practice can bring us a great sense of peace, reflection and even accomplishment.