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One Year Ago: the Meseta Nears its End

18 April 2014
One Year Ago: the Meseta Nears its End

(from my journal) Mansilla de las Mulas 18 April Another long Meseta trek. Breakfast in El Burgo Ranero. Met a cat outside the bar who begged for food. Power-walked after El Burgo Ranero – not sure why the energy. Met back up with Eamon at rest area about 5km before Reliegos where we lunched. Second half of lunch in Reliegos, where strange old woman attempted to re-direct peregrinos off the Camino for her own nefarious ends – presumably to...

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Good Friday: God is Dead

18 April 2014
grunwaldcrucifixion

Today is Good Friday: the commemoration of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Ecce lignum Crucis, in quo salus mundi pepéndit. Veníte adorémus. Behold the wood of the Cross, on which hung the salvation of the world. Come let us adore. (Missale Romanum: Friday of the Passion of the Lord) He was condemned by his own people, abandoned by his friends, sentenced to death by the Roman Prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate. He was scourged, mocked,...

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Holy Thursday: Do this in Memory of Me

17 April 2014
Last Supper by Juan Juanes, c. 1560

The Season of Lent comes to its end this evening, as we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. This celebration commemorates the institution of the Eucharist, the source and summit of Church life. Unlike most Protestants, the Catholic and Orthodox (and others of the Apostolic Tradition) believe that God is really there, wholly present in the consecrated bread and wine. It ain’t just holy crackers, bub; it’s God. Don’t believe me? Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever...

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One Year Ago: Halfway

17 April 2014
One Year Ago: Halfway

(from my journal) Bercianos del Real Camino 17 April Francine is in flight! Meanwhile, today was another introspective Meseta day – bleak, virtually unchanging scenery pushing thoughts deep within with little distraction. Entered the Province of León. Just before arriving in the town of Sahagún, at a little place called Ermita de la Virgen del Puente, I crossed the halfway point of my Camino in terms of distance. There’s a monument there – supposedly exactly at the midway point...

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One Year Ago: the Long Flat

16 April 2014
One Year Ago: the Long Flat

(from my journal) Terradillos de los Templarios 16 April / St. Bernadette Leaving Carrión de los Condes Ruined Church Overlooking Carrión de los Condes Monasterio de San Zoilo, just outside Carrión de los Condes Today started out with 17.5 km of nothing. It didn’t get much better as the day went on. Lots of time to think, about what comes next, about literary projects and games, about my sins, obsessions, and demons. Sanitago at rest Accidentally left my fleece...

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One Year Ago: the Longest Walk

15 April 2014
One Year Ago: the Longest Walk

(from my journal) Carrión de los Condes 15 April A record-breaking 34km day. The walk to Frómista along the Canal de Castilla was very pleasant. It was not yet hot – we left at 7:30 – and a cool breeze blew through the trees beside the canal as Eamon, Mia, and I walked in the morning light. Lunch in Frómista, where I spent some time in the Romanesque masterpiece of the Iglesia de San Martín, built in 1035. Mia...

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One Year Ago: Some Kind of Desolation

14 April 2014
One Year Ago: Some Kind of Desolation

(from my journal) Itero de la Vega Third Sunday of Easter Hot. Dry. Sunny. The Meseta – at least what we’ve seen of it so far – has not, however, lived up to its reputation for “flat”. We had two trying climbs today, one before lunch, one after. We left San Bol early, partly with the idea of getting to Castrojeriz in time for an 11AM Sunday Mass. Just after dawn at Arroyo San Bol Approaching Hontanas The Tiny...

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One Year Ago: From Majesty to Tranquility

13 April 2014
One Year Ago: From Majesty to Tranquility

(from my journal) Arroyo San Bol 13 April Burgos Cathedral this morning. We spent about two hours wandering around through this – superlatives fail me – magnificent? glorious? fantastical? – Gothic marvel. I was a little disturbed by the decision to turn most of it into a museum, seemingly to include virtually all of the little chapels radiating out from the nave. They were, each of them, jewels. I probably took a hundred photos or more. Video as well....

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Hosanna to the Son of David!

13 April 2014
Hosanna to the Son of David!

Today, Holy Week begins with the Sunday of Lord’s triumphal entry into Jersusalem – Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Although Good Friday is coming – the Passion and Death are coming – for the moment, this moment, joy resounds as our King arrives in His city. In most parishes throughout the world, the principal Mass is celebrated by a procession of the people into the church, waving palm branches. When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem and...

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One Year Ago: to Burgos

12 April 2014
One Year Ago: to Burgos

(from my journal) The standing stones of Atapuerca, at a place called Fin de Rey.This is where the armies of two brothers – King Garcia of Navarra and King Ferdinand of Castile – met in battle. King Garcia’s defeat and death here paved the way for Castillian dominance of Spain, and pretty much marked the end of the road for the Kingdom of Navarre. Climbing Matagrande. Steep, bleak, and a military range on top. What could be more fun?...

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Pope Francis



Servus Servorum Dei

I Peter 5:8

Fratres : Sóbrii estóte, et vigiláte : quia adversárius vester diábolus tamquam leo rúgiens circuit, quærens quem dévoret : cui resístite fortes in fide.

Brethren, be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.

 

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