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Posts Tagged ‘Camino de Santiago’

Sep
2007
16

Camino de Santiago pilgrimmage

The trail had lots of hikers but few pilgrims PhyllistheAuthor — Two friends have asked my Baptist husband if after the pilgrimage, he is going to become a Roman Catholic. How much these people missed the point of the Camino. It was not a religious exercise like kissing the hem of the Pope’s robe. It ...
Sep
2007
9

Camino Reflection #11

In response to our pilgrimage, one person asked how could anyone believe in a God who let babies die. Implicit in the question is the belief that death is bad. And it does seem so to those who are left bereft. Yet it may be the greatest good for those who die. For the innocents ...
Sep
2007
6

Parataxic distortion

PhyllistheAuthor— Have you ever noticed how when you buy something like a new car you suddenly see that make of car everywhere? Psychologists call the phenomenon parataxic distortion. Since our journey along the Camino de Santiago to Compostela, Spain, we see scallop shells—traditional symbol of the pilgrimage—everywhere. Even Coquilles St....
Sep
2007
6

Camino Reflection #9

Many years ago, I read a novel called The Fountain by Charles Morgan. The story turns around a dying man’s withdrawal from life into the divine. As his body fails, little by little the man subtracts himself from the things of earth, from status, possessions, and even the love of his wife. Such release is ...
Aug
2007
19

Reflections of a Modern Day Pilgrim

In a once-in-a-lifetime religious pilgrimmage, a Virginia couple walks the historic Camino de Santiago in Spain It’s hard to imagine undertaking an activity that will require long distance walking every day for 30days or more. Before I began the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), I used to think that walking 5 or ...
Aug
2007
19

Camino Reflection #8

I was in the grocery store when someone in the next aisle answered their cell. Harsh words followed. I tired to ignore the intrusive, one-sided conversation as I maneuvered through the onions and potatoes to the bananas. A stranger was inflicting me with their angst. That brought me back to the Camino where I delighted ...
Jul
2007
30

Camino Afterthought #7

For 30 days, we did not read a newspaper or see the news. On the Camino, we survived without Google News, the Daily Press, and CNN. And we missed the whole Paris Hilton soap opera. This morning as the headlines included the President’s colonoscopy and the furor the NFL football player Vick and his alleged ...
Jul
2007
22

Camino Afterthought #6

Often when we meet others, we ask:  “And what do you do?” In that way, we defined others by their work. And in turn, we are defined by our work. On the Camino, people are careful not to ask that or other prying questions. You learn about others only what they want to tell you. ...
Jul
2007
22

Camino Afterthought #5

If you wash and wear the same three t-shirts and two pair of slacks for a month, on occasion your clothes don’t match. If you get up in the dark, pack your backpack, and leave in the dark, there’s not much opportunity to put on makeup. If you shower and wash your hair in a ...
Jul
2007
11

Camino Afterthought #4

I traveled in Spain for 30 days with only three summer shirts and two pair of slacks. It was a continual cycle of wash and wear. At home again, I opened my dresser drawers to find them stuffed full of shirts, so many in fact that the overflow is piled on a shelf in my ...