The ambition to get in touch with every soul must begin with those near at hand. It must not stop there but should proceed to symbolic steps far beyond the sphere of normal life. That purpose is facilitated by the legionary movement known as the Peregrinatio Pro Christo. This name is adopted from the missionary epic of the Monks of the West, immortalised in Montalembert's classic. "That invincible multitude went forth from their own country and from their kindred and out of their father's house." (Gen 12:1) and traversed Europe in the sixth and seventh centuries, rebuilding the faith which the fall of the Roman Empire had brought down with it.
In the same idealism the Peregrinatio Pro Christo sends teams of legionaries, who have the time and means to spend limited periods in distant places where the religious conditions are bad, on "the delicate, difficult, unpopular mission of revealing that Christ is the Saviour of the world. It must be undertaken by the people." (Pope Paul VI) Nearby places do not qualify for the Peregrinatio Pro Christo. If possible it should be to a different country.
This assertion, even for as little as a week or two, of the principle of travelling and venturing for the faith can transform legionary thinking and strike the imagination of all. ~ Legion Handbook, Chapter 40, Go Preach the Gospel to the Whole Creation; Section 8, The Peregrinatio Pro Christo
According to Frank Duff, the Peregrinatio Pro Christo can transform legionary thinking and strike the imagination of all. A PPC mission trip can be a great benefit and transformation to the Legionary who makes the trip and can have a profound effect on the people visited.
All active Legionaries are invited to participate in a PPC, preferably one far from the Legionary's home. A PPC organized in the "Legion way" is centered on a parish where the legionaries gather each day for a Legion meeting and then set out in pairs to visit every home in the parish. They visit with the people, inviting non-Catholics to consider Catholic Church and inviting non-practicing Catholics to return to the sacraments. They leave literature and church bulletins, especially at locations where no one is home. They work about four hours per day, and the PPC lasts about a week. A PPC is coming up in Muncie, Indiana this June 2015. You can find out about it here, http://tinyurl.com/n2mghak or call Steve Goodman from the Cincinnati Senatus at 765-729-2794.
Legionaries from the Cleveland Comitium recently went on a short mission trip to El Salvador. While not a true PPC in the Legion way, they were able to share the gospel and show love to the people. El Salvador is a country that while officially Catholic under its Constitution, has a population about 51% Catholic with only 30% actually practicing. Legionaries handed out rosaries, visited, prayed, and attended mass with the people. They also offered support and encouragement to our Cleveland-area priests serving there.
In whatever way, Legionaries must strive to share the gospel every day. A Peregrinatio Pro Christo may be just the thing needed to spread the gospel to those still not reached, and to help the Legionary see the world through new eyes.