Thursday, July 5, 2018

Back

There is something lovely in seeing the joyful summer blooms of crepe myrtle.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Leon

Sauntered into Leon this morning.  Passed by this lovely image of a tired Santiago Peregrino resting at the Cross.

I went to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in the Basilica of St. Isidore to bring my pilgrimage to a close.  

This afternoon I hopped on a train to Madrid.   

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Roses

Had a lovely walk into Virgen del Camino today.  The church here is staffed by Dominican friars who also run a school.  The facade of the church has a grand depiction of the Blessed Mother and the 12 Apostles.

Walking through four little towns today, I was again delighted by God's creative touch and uplifted by His sweet perfume.  I hope you get a chance to stop and smell the roses....

Monday, July 2, 2018

Stages

Under overcast skies that kept the temperature cool, I walked from Astorga to Hospital de Orbigo.  The walk was over rolling farm land in transition.  There was grain nearing harvest.

There were trees being pruned to strengthen their growth.

There were fields plowed and ready for the next crop.

Those beside us may be wrapping up or just starting out.  They may need encouragement to strengthen them on the journey.  What stages do you see beside you today?

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Astorga

Today's walk rolled downhill for 22 km to Astorga, the chocolate capital of Spain.  WiFi is spotty so I will post more if I find a better signal

Saturday, June 30, 2018

High point

Today's walk was from El Acebo to Rabanal over Monte Irago which is the highest point on the Camino.  Atop the mountain is the famous Cruz de Ferro.  For centuries pilgrims have brought stones to set at the foot of the cross... representing their prayers or their sins or their burdens that they give to God.  A historical marker there also mentioned that pilgrims returning from Santiago would leave a stone in thanksgiving for having made it safely to the Apostle's tomb.  I certainly have many reasons to give thanks to God!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Up

Today's walk was gorgeous and lovely.  The sun was shining, a gentle breeze blowing, and the Camino went gently along the road to Molinaseca and then up the side of the mountain along a dirt track to El Acebo.  I am very thankful for the time to walk, the beauty to behold and the mercy of the Camino.