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One Year Ago: Slowly, Slowly

24 April 2014
One Year Ago: Slowly, Slowly

(from my journal) Vega de Valcarce 24 April 2013 On the Road Again! Where’s the Coffee? Fun hiking day in the morning, walking off and on with Smith and Tara, Santiago, and Stella and Diego. A Beautiful Morning! WHERE. IS. COFFEE?? Looking Like a Painting Aaaah. Coffeeeeee. Sculptor’s Studio just outside of Cacabelos In Villafranca del Bierzo, I mailed a box home of souvenirs, the first volume of my journal, some extra clothing, and Francine’s extra knitting project. Smith...

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Saint George and the Dragon

23 April 2014
Saint George and the Dragon

“Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” (G.K. Chesterton) Today’s feast is of the great martyr, Saint George. Pious legends of dragon slaying notwithstanding, George was a soldier of the Roman army who was killed during the persecutions of Diocletian in the early fourth century. He is venerated in both the west and especially the east, where churches were built in his...

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One Year Ago: “Is Spain”

23 April 2014
Castillo de los Templarios, Ponferrada

(from my journal) Cacabelos 23 April 2013 On paper, this should have been our easiest day. Unfortunately, it was 27° C. We arrived in Ponferrada in good shape and only slightly behind schedule. But there was the Castle. We waited almost an hour for it to open at 11AM(ish), and we then spent over an hour exploring the structure and at the library display of medieval books and facsimiles. The castle in Ponferrada – Castillo de los Templarios –...

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One Year Ago: Cruz de Ferro

22 April 2014
One Year Ago: Cruz de Ferro

(from my journal) Molinaseca 22 April 2013 Saying Goodbye to our Hospitaleros at Refugio Gaucelmo in Rabanal Too tired to think properly. Spectacular climb to Cruz de Ferro, Francine, Mark, and I. Saw some peregrinos there we had prviously met in Rabanal. Saw a forest fire in the hills – two helicopters put it out. Lord, may this stone, a symbol of my efforts on the pilgrimage that I lay at the foot of the cross of the Saviour,...

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Laudes Creaturarum

22 April 2014
Saint Francis of Assisi

On Earth Day, I’m reminded of the great Canticle of the Sun, written by Saint Francis of Assissi in about 1224. It is, of course, this verse that comes to mind: We praise You, Lord, for Sister Earth, who sustains us with her fruits, colored flowers, and herbs. Although it’s now known as Canticle of the Sun, the author’s original title was Laudes Creaturarum, which means Song of the Creatures. “Creatures” is, I think, meant in the original meaning...

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One Year Ago: Feeling Monkish in Rabanal

21 April 2014
One Year Ago: Feeling Monkish in Rabanal

(from my journal) Rabanal del Camino 21 April – Sunday! Bishop’s Palace in Astorga, by Gaudi. The Bishop never moved in, and it’s a Museum now. Cathedral in Astorga – Apparently Closed on Sunday Mornings. What is this? Francine’s second day, and the Benedictine connection continues. It was a rough day, and we only reached El Ganso – our intended lunch target – at 2PM. Walking from Astorga to El Ganso A Hobbit Door? Memorial. We saw many, many...

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One Year Ago: a Bus, a Bridge, and Lavender Fields

20 April 2014
One Year Ago: a Bus, a Bridge, and Lavender Fields

(from my journal) Astorga 20 April Breakfasted in the Benedictine hotel with Francine. We walked to the bus station – maybe 1.5 km – and caught the 9:30 bus to Hospital de Órbigo. Walked across town to Puente de Órbigo and walked across (and back across) the astonishing medieval bridge there. Saint Benedict, Pray for Us! My late, lamented hiking shoes. They got me through my training and as far as León before giving up the ghost. Francine brought...

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Alleluia! Alleluia!

20 April 2014

He is Risen!

19 April 2014

Mosaic of the Resurrection, Rosary Basilica, Lourdes

Exult!

19 April 2014

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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