Posts Tagged ‘Camino de Santiago’

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What’s your favorite time of day on the Camino de Santiago? For me, there is no contest; it’s early morning.

I feel great having my boots laced, my pack on my back, and my body moving forward just as the sun is starting to rise behind me in the east. My heart is starting to pump and my blood is beginning to flow. Most importantly, I know that I am doing exactly what I am meant to be doing: walking. (more…)

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Do you suffer from a fear of heights or vertigo? Crossing the bridge from Asturias into Galicia’s port city, Ribadeo, doesn’t have to be as daunting as you imagined. Knowledge is power! Here are 6 tips to get you across.

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Okay, fellow peregrinos, if you’re like me and you’re waking the Camino de Santiago del Norte, the Northern Way, and have a bit of an issue with heights or vertigo, then you might be concerned about how you’re going to deal with that mighty bridge, the Puente de los Santos, which crosses the Ria de Ribadeo and gives you access to the city of Ribadeo. Have no fear! Here’s some helpful information about the Puente de los Santos (bridge of the Saints) to help make your crossing both successful and less stressful.  (more…)

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Like the Old Stone Church bandana affixed to my pack, I carry your prayers as a reminder of who I am, and as a way to sustain my sensitivity and compassion for you even though we are an ocean apart.

Every day I swing a 20-pound pack over my shoulders. Its filled mostly with water to hydrate me for a long day of walking, I’ve got a small first aid kit in my pack, too. I also carry a few other things like a change of socks, a raincoat, and Nordic walking poles to help me up the steep climbs of Spain’s coastal mountains and to maneuver down rocky river beds into valleys and across small streams. But I carry something far more meaningful than my back pack.  (more…)

 

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In the beauty, the vastness, the stillness, and the grace of the people we meet along the way, a very long walk can help us remember ourselves.

If you can’t remember who you are, try going for a very long walk! 

Every peregrino (pilgrim) has his or her own reason for walking the Camino de Santiago. I chose to walk the Camino because I wanted to remember myself.  (more…)

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After 100 miles (160 kms), a well needed rest day in Ribadesella, Spain.

Today could have been any delightful vacation day: instead of being startled from sleep by an alarm, we were awakened by both the bright sun and a cool mountain breeze streaming through our windows and into our room; we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with enough time for even two cups of café con leche; and then strolled the pebbled sands of the grand arc of a beach along the northern Atlantic coast of Spain. Today we are in the tourist town of Ribadesella but we are anything but tourists; we are peregrinos, pilgrims on a journey, here for a day to let our bodies rest and recover. (more…)

God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:19

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Hanging out with singer-songwriter, Johnny Mercer in Savannah’s Ellis Square.

Dear Friends:

I pray that you are having a restful and restorative summer, and that all is well back at the Old Stone Church and in the great city of Cleveland, Ohio! As you are aware, I’ve been off campus on sabbatical since May 15 experiencing some restorative time of my own. That doesn’t mean I’ve been on vacation, though. In fact, I’ve been very busy doing some of the sorts of things that are reinvigorating my thoughts and my spirit for my ministry among you. Here’s the “dirty” details and more photos! (more…)