On Monday (June 30), I will be setting out with 8 other people (6 youth and 2 adults) for Sarria, Spain, where on July 2 we will begin to walk the last 100 kilometers (62 miles) of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, an ancient pilgrimage path that ends at the cathedral in Santiago, where the remains of St. James the apostle are said to reside. It’s an exciting challenge in many ways, and it’s amazing to think about how many people have walked this path over the centuries. The walk will be a time of intentional community, intentional spiritual practice, and a more minimal technological connection to the wider world. I’m excited to see what will unfold for us as we walk the path, what new internal and external connections the Spirit will bring to us. Please keep us in prayer as walk — we will reach Santiago on July 7. Here is an ancient pilgrimage prayer associated with the Camino:
O God, who brought your servant Abraham out of the land of the Chaldeans, protecting him in his wanderings; who guided the Hebrew people across the desert; we ask that you watch over us, your servants, as we walk in the love of your name to Santiago de Compostela.
Be for us our companion on the walk,
Our guide at the crossroads,
Our breath in our weariness,
Our protection in danger,
Our shelter on the Camino,
Our shade in the heat,
Our light in the darkness,
Our consolation in our discouragements,
And our strength in our intentions.
So that, with your guidance, we may arrive safe and sound at the end of the Road and, enriched with grace and virtue, return safely to our homes filled with joy. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.