Santiago!

Praise God in His angels and in His saints! At about 3:00 PM on the Memorial of Saint Athanasius, the second of May 2016, we arrived at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.  On the way in we met Anita, Continue reading Santiago!

Oh, Galicia! 

Galicia has been uncharacteristically cool and sunny, enabling us to do some fairly decent long-distance days. Oh, the forests of Galicia! So beautiful, and so otherworldly. As we came down from crossing our third mountain range, the clouds poured into Continue reading Oh, Galicia! 

Eternal Rest and Everlasting Light

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Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis. In memoria æterna erit iustus, ab auditione mala non timebit. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord: and let perpetual light shine upon her. She shall be justified in everlasting Continue reading Eternal Rest and Everlasting Light

O Cebreiro on the Feast of St. Mark

Only 17.5 km today, but the last 8 km included a rough, rocky climb of almost 700 m as we left El Bierzo behind and entered our fourth Spanish kingdom: Galicia. We left early and had our second breakfast in Continue reading O Cebreiro on the Feast of St. Mark

On a Human Scale

After Rabanal, we crested the Cordillera Cantábrica at Cruz de Ferro. Traditionally, one leaves a stone at the foot of the cross there. This is the accompanying prayer:  Lord, may this stone, a symbol of my efforts on the pilgrimage Continue reading On a Human Scale

A Sunny Afternoon 

We arrived in Rabanal del Camino three years to the day since the last time we were here, though not by any conscious design on our part. We have been walking with a young Dutchman named Stijn, and we ran Continue reading A Sunny Afternoon 

Sahagún

We are spending the night in Sahagún. For those of you who are fans of “Babylon Five”, this will sound uncomfortably close to “Z’ha’dum“. It was a beautiful day for walking – cool and sunny. A welcome change from the Continue reading Sahagún

Happy Birthday, Father Benedict!

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Today is the 89th birthday of Father Benedict, once Pope Benedict XVI. Happy birthday! Obviously, we don’t know how history will judge the life and works of Pope Benedict XVI. As for me, I think that in a century or Continue reading Happy Birthday, Father Benedict!

On Having Walked 26km Today from Castrojeriz to Frómista

Each day of our pilgrimage, it has pleased God to send us a new trial. If it is not hills to climb, then it is rain. If it is not rain, then mud. If not mud, then a driving wind.  Continue reading On Having Walked 26km Today from Castrojeriz to Frómista

Burgos!

This morning we arrived in Burgos, and we immediately went to tour the cathedral. What can one say about this magnificent edifice? It is simply one of the marvels of architecture and art. Eventually my photos will load, but this is Continue reading Burgos!

Some Lessons from the Camino 

It has been several days and 10 journal pages since I last posted. In that time, we’ve walked 64 km. The Camino continues to teach new lessons every day. Here are three.  God speaks through whom He will. If necessary, He Continue reading Some Lessons from the Camino 

A Brief Post, Which May Be Expanded Upon Tomorrow 

After a lovely morning in cool, overcast weather, we had an endless afternoon as the Way curved around hill after hill after hill, hiding from us any view of our day’s destination until we had suddenly arrived.  In the midst Continue reading A Brief Post, Which May Be Expanded Upon Tomorrow 

Mud, Mud, and More Mud

A day of rain and mud. We left Puente la Reina about 8 am, and it was raining by 9.   We walked with Emilio and Katy. Second breakfast in Mañeru, and lunch in Lorca. Sadly, most of the churches we Continue reading Mud, Mud, and More Mud

We are Mighty, and God is Good

Today we took another short day with Emilio and Katie, from Zariquigui to Puente la Reina, only 13 km. We tackled Alto de Perdón first thing, and it was much easier than I remember. Of course, back in 2013 it Continue reading We are Mighty, and God is Good

The Divine Mercy

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Today, the Second Sunday in the Octave of Easter, is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Sunday after Easter as the Sunday of the Divine Mercy (Dominica II Paschæ seu de divina misericordia) in Continue reading The Divine Mercy