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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

Please Join Us Tonight

19 April 2014
Please Join Us Tonight

If you live in western Washington, I invite you to join us for the Easter Vigil at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Tacoma. The Vigil will begin at 9:00 PM, but you’ll want to get there early. Featuring: A bonfire. A dark church and a thousand candles. Chant (in Latin AND English). Seven readings from the Old Testament tracing Salvation History. A half a dozen psalms or more. More bells than you can shake a stick at....

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One Year Ago: León and… Francine!

19 April 2014
One Year Ago: León and… Francine!

(from my journal) León 19 April In León after a relatively easy 18km walk, made only slightly more difficult by the fact of walking on sidewalks for much of it. This is a fantastic city! It’s probably my favourite so far – other than Pamplona of course. Narrow, crooked streets, bursting with life and commerce. A Lion in León! Plaza in front of the Benedictine Albergue (and Hotel) The Cathedral is glorious. There’s an audio tour, of course, but...

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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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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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