Somewhere I read, ¨If your dreams don´t scare you they aren´t big enough!¨
Pilgrimage is described a journey of moral or spiritual significance usually to a distant location. I like to think that all of us are on a pilgrimage, this journey called life, which leads us through many sacred and not so sacred places to our final destination back to where we began with our Creator. Sometimes our steps are mindful and yet other times we are basically sleep walking day in and day out not giving much thought to where we’re going. When we quiet our minds and hearts we can hear the quiet voice of God and He is saying, “Come follow Me.”
The difference for me between talking a very long hike and making a pilgrimage is the intention of letting go of ordinary every day life, with all the noise and distractions and following the call to follow the Lord. For me walking, although physically, mentally and even emotionally challenging, is a way to feel a keen awareness that God is Near! For the last several days we have been walking up and down the beautiful Pyrenees Mountain which is physically challenging and for two of the past two days it has been raining. It may seem crazy for most people but for us it is very special time in our lives and a special place. As we “Follow the Call” to live in the present moment, we are grateful for each breath and every step. We don´t take it for granted. This time we haven´t met anyone older than us or we have not met any other Americans hiking. It is escpecially challenging because we are carrying our backpacks but it is still an amazing experience that we would not change for anything. On the Camino we meet people from all around the world who are kind and generous in spirit and like us they want to draw closer to God and to live a life that reflects love and peace. With each step I pray, Lord, have mercy on our world help me to show your love to others that they might know you and live in peace.¨
P:S: It is very difficult to get internet access to write a blog post. If I were able to write from my IPhone it would be easy but not posible for me. It may be many days between posts. Thank you for your interest and for your prayers. We are praying for you as well.
“Take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.” Hebrews 12: 12-13