This is from a document we were given by a sister at the Iglesia de San Estaban (Church of St. Stephen) in Zabaldika containing beautiful thoughts related to pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago.
1. Blessed are you pilgrim, if you discover that the Camino opens your eyes to what is not seen.
2. Blessed are you pilgrim, if what concerns you most is not to arrive, as to arrive with others.
3. Blessed are you pilgrim, when you contemplate the Camino and you discover it is full of names and dawns.
4. Blessed are you pilgrim, because you have discovered that the authentic Camino begins when it is completed.
5. Blessed are you pilgrim, if your knapsack is emptying of things and your heart does not know where to hang up so many feelings and emotions.
6. Blessed are you pilgrim, if you discover that one step back to help another is more valuable than a hundred forward without seeing what is at your side.
7. Blessed are you pilgrim, when you don’t have words to give thanks for everything that surprises you at every twist and turn of the way.
8. Blessed are you pilgrim, if you search for the truth and make of the Camino a life, and of your life a Way, in search of the one who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
9. Blessed are you pilgrim, if on the way you meet yourself and gift yourself with time, without rushing, so as not to disregard the image in your heart.
10. Blessed are you pilgrim, if you discover that the Camino holds a lot of silence, and the silence of prayer, and the prayer of meeting God who is waiting for you
So enjoying your blog and the gorgeous photos! Keeping you and Clint and your fellow pilgrims in my prayers!
So nice to hear from you. Glad you’re enjoying the blog. This is indeed the trip of a lifetime for both Clint and me. Our bodies are both starting to acclimate to the rigors of the Camino after 8 days on the trail. Thank you for your interest and your prayers. There are probably others who need prayer more than we do, but we appreciate any prayers for our continued health and safety.