Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Why Walk?

Why walk the Camino - don't we have something better to do with our lives?  Good question - hopefully this is a good answer.  As both of us get older - some would say we are already old - we ponder the question of our individual lives - what have we done with our lives - what were we suppose to do - have we done everything we could?  Rather than take up a place on the back deck - we both feel that we have much to offer.  Walking the Camino will give each of us time to converse openly - with each other - with other peregrinos - time to reflect - to think - to pray - to listen - to others - to nature - to God.

We walk to celebrate 44 years of a great marriage - the joke was I told friends I was taking Arlene to Spain for our 44th anniversary - then I told her - walking 500 miles!  I walk to ponder and reflect on completing 25 years as an ordained Roman Catholic deacon - my failures and successes.  We walk to share the message that "with God - all things are possible".  Finally we walk to introduce people to one of our newest saints - Saint Gianna Beretta Molla - a pro-life saint - an Italian doctor - wife - mother - who gave her life - that another would live.  We go to spread the Gospel message of God's awesome love for all his people - not just Christians - but all.  As we walk we will carry with us prayers requested by others - prayers of our own - prayers for our world.  As we meet others we will be sharing cards that we made up - so that they may keep in contact with us - to continue the Camino experience well into the future.  On the back of that card - we have also created a prayer card for Saint Gianna - we hope by offering these - that in some small way - we might help make the world a better place for us all.  For the Camino is an individual experience - that in one way or another - touches the lives of all.


 Why walk? What else could we do - now that we know what we do.

Buen Camino
Dale and Arlene