Oprah Winfrey Presents Belief (link Paid Post by OWN From the New York Times)
The Largest Pilgrimage in the World | Belief - Digital Exclusive | OWN
Viewers will likely see their own yearnings reflected in 30-year-old IT consultant Reshma Thakkar’s search for meaning, which took her from her Chicago home to India for the Hindu festival Kumbh Mela, or in evangelical Christian college student Cha Cha’s declaration that, following a devastating trauma, she was “expecting God to take what’s broken and make it beautiful again.”
It’s hard not to be moved by 65-year-old Australian doctor John Davie’s hope that, by reconnecting with his Catholic beliefs along the Way of St. James, he would find his way back to himself and his family. Equally moving is professional skateboarder Jordan Richter’s journey of faith. He embarks on the Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to complete one of the five pillars of his faith hoping to make peace with his past by surrendering to the love of Allah.
“We made a very conscious decision to use people’s stories as a divining rod for all of us to see the divine within the experience and within each other. Because I learned from all those years on ‘The Oprah Show’ that it is our stories that connect us,” Winfrey says. “It is our stories that allow us to hold up the mirror that looks like somebody else’s life, but we actually get to see ourselves.”
“All of the differences that cause us to fear each other and to fight each other, ignore each other, hate each other; all of those differences are minor compared to the faith, belief, and strength and love that comes when we recognize and see our stories in each other,” she says. “That’s what I believe.”