The change in light changes the beauty in all the landscape. I only walked through here last week, but it seems different now.... and delightfully so!
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018
The first thing that was overwhelmingly noticeable was seeing the faces of pilgrims instead of the back of their heads. I could see the joy on one, the exhaustion on another, and surprise on more than a few.
The many reactions made today delightful. One group of Spanish abuelas was sure that I was turned around and tried hard to convince me to join them going to Santiago. They were amazed I had already been. A lovely lady from Houston shared that she was sad that Santiago was so close, because then the walk would be over. A French lady was incredulous that I was still walking. She barely wanted to make it into Santiago. She didn't want to take another step. Many, many people just pointed ahead... thinking I was turned around.
As the pilgrims passed, I delighted in smiling and wishing them a Buen Camino. Most will make it into Santiago today.... and meet the Apostle they have walked so far to see. I got to see faith filled pilgrims being drawn closer to the Lord.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Now I appreciate why they call it a place of Joy. There is a grand beauty and excitement to the place.
In other points of joy.... Congratulations to all our Noonan Scholarship winners! May God bless you abundantly as you continue your education.
Happy Father's Day to all our dads, granddads, foster fathers, step-fathers, and all who give us life and point us to the One who is Our Father. Many blessings for you today!!!
It always does my heart good to behold the botafumiero fly. :) This afternoon I started the walk home. As I ascended the Monte de Gozo, I stopped by the little chapel of St. Mark.
This humble little chapel has been a rest stop for pilgrims for centuries. Since one can get their last sello before Santiago, the church is always open. While grand cathedrals inspire plenty, I think there is more to be said for the little chapels where we stop and pray along the way. Where do you like to pray? Where do you feel intimacy with God? How often do you connect with the One who loves you completely?
Friday, June 15, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
While the number of pilgrims walking along has dramatically increased, there haven't been any large, loud groups. Mostly folks are in pairs or walking alone. Lots of different paces, yet walked with respect for the fellow pilgrim.
Many houses today had lovely gardens in bloom.