By: Mary Maddox
As I walked the Camino de Santiago I was praying. Praying the way all prayers should be, conversations with Our Lord. I was alone for most of the walk because the two boys walked a lot faster then myself. So they would head off ahead of me and we would meet up at a cafe along the way or they would be standing along a wall waiting for me. It was something to look forward too. I would come around a corner and look to see if I saw them.
The Camino consisted of at least six hours of walking. We would head out in the early morning, the light fog would still be thick as velvet in places. The early chill in the air would be welcoming to start the day, as by afternoon it would be nearly ninety degrees. I will never forget the early mornings, the time we had filling our water bottles in the square and our slow walk out of town. As we headed out, we talked and shared thoughts. No cell phones, no distractions, just you and your fellow pilgrims sharing time together. Just you and God sharing time together!
Everyone along the Camino was so nice and helpful. As I was heading up one long hill, I stopped to rest half way up. A gentlemen stopped and asked if I was OK, I told him, " just resting, I am fine." The tradition on The Camino is to greet all pilgrims with a simple greeting, "Buen Camino". "Buen Camino" means "Good Way" or "Good Road" or "Good Path". I believe most pilgrims feel it says more, "May you have a good Camino de Santiago". Wouldn't it be great to take this tradition home, to greet others with a simple "Buen Camino". Just saying to our fellow pilgrims in the world, "May you have a good path".
Isn't that what we all are, just pilgrims in this world walking our path, walking our prayerful path!
So, I will say to all. "Buen Camino"!!
Your fellow pilgrim, Mary Maddox
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