We are in Santiago for our second day and tomorrow my brother Dave and Raymond (an Aussie I walked with last year and will walk the Camino Portuguese with), and I will head for Finisterra (the end of the earth). We have said good bye to our Camino Primitivo family and are ready for a new beginning.
Santiago has been a busy two days. We have gone to the Pilgrims’ mass in the cathedral, spent time at the Pilgrims’ Office getting our “Compostella” (certificate that we have completed the Primitivo), taken a tour to the roof of the cathedral, and visited the cathedral museum. Santiago is packed with pilgrims and tourists. The “busy-ness” and commercial nature of the city has confirmed that reaching Santiago is less important than walking the “way to Santiago.” The pilgrim office has a small chapel that most people walk past and ignore. But a short slide show in it presented words of wisdom, some of which really impacted me. I share them below.
Blessed are you pilgrim:
– if you discover that the Camino opens your eyes to that which is not seen.
– if what concerns you most is not to arrive, as to arrive with others.
– when you contemplate the Camino and discover it is full of names and dawns.
– if you discover that the Camino holds a lot of silence, and the silence of prayer, and the prayer of meeting with God who is waiting for you.
– if on the way you meet yourself and gift yourself with time, without rushing, so as to not to disregard the image in your heart.
– if you search for the truth and make of the Camino a life, and of your life a “way”, in search of One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
– when you don’t have words to give thanks for everything that surprises you at every twist and turn of the way.
– if you discover that one step back to help another is more valuable than a hundred forward without seeing what is at your side.
– if your napsack is emptying of things and your heart does not know where to hang up so many feelings and emotions.