After our approximately 135 mile walk through northern Spain, all twelve of us pilgrims have returned safely to our families. We sustained no injuries, with the exception of some relentless blisters. We are thankful to have walked a section of the way, in the footsteps of Saint Francis for the veneration of the tomb of Saint James. The spiritual awakening that began in the first town of Ponferrada will remain in our hearts for months to come. On the way, we found friendship regardless of conflict, faith regardless of pain, and personal sacrifice for the needs we held close to our hearts. We are lucky to have undergone this experience and are thankful for the blessings of our parishioners.
This voyage of self and group identity would not have been possible without the generous donations of our parish. Our Camino de Santiago was a pilgrimage of twelve people but we carried the prayer requests of many within ourselves. Every day we made sure to include our parish in our opening prayer, our wonderful Catholic Community, which never ceases to enrich our daily lives.