Sometimes, we have to remove ourselves from our ordinary lives so that we can gain a better understanding of our spiritual ones, and it’s not until we arrive at that tomb or cathedral or ruin that we are able to detach and reopen ourselves to the possibility of the divine.

C.S. Lewis, Christian apologist, theologian, and fantasy author, famously wrote that “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” And we are. We are both spiritual and physical beings—dust filled with the breath of life, and spoken into existence. Just as Christ proclaimed that “man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God,” we must not neglect our spiritual selves. Should we do so, the hunger pangs will come—subtle, yes, but insistent.

If you feel that hunger, then consider making your own personal pilgrimage, your own journey to other countries and lands, and bridge the gaps between your belief and your everyday life. Your faith will come alive.