Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saint James

Day 33-Santiago

Even though we have arrived and the long trek is done, I was up early and anxious to go.
I walked to the cathedral, only 2 or 3 minutes away. To my surprise it was open.
Even better, I had it all to myself, except a very few other early risers.
I surprised myself. Instead of going directly to Saint James, whom I traveled so far to greet, I went to the Virgen Mary. I thanked her for her prayers along my journey. I think I said more Hail Marys while walking the Camino than I've said all my life.
Then I went to Jesus and thanked him for walking with me as my Savior and my brother.
When I finally sat down in front of the gorgeous gold and silver and bejeweled altar with Saint James in front of me I was awestruck.
No tears, no sound, no thoughts, just me and James.
We looked at each other for what seemed like eternity.
Silence, pure, gorgeous, beautiful silence.
Then I wondered...who had more for the Saint?...or the Saint for me?...and I recalled that the gospel tells us that James, son of Zebadee, was in his boat mending fishing nets when Jesus summoned him saying "Follow me and I will make you a fisher of men". James and his brother followed Jesus.
And if one considers that 100,000 people a year make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela to visit his burial place, it would seem that James is still a "fisher of men" more than 2000 years later.
I smiled at the thought and it seemed like old Jimmy smiled back, and that is when the tears started to flow.

Peace and Love to all
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  1. Wonderful, Rita! I'm smiling for your accomplishment here in CO!

  2. ...and I'm smiling along with Barb, but here in Ohio Rita!

  3. Cheryl from FloridaOctober 10, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    You made it and what a wonderful end to such a long trip. It's a spiritual revelation. Where was Ron? I hope Heidi is feeling better.

  4. Oh Rita, Your post sent chills all over me... I am so very proud of you, Rita. Now--just hang onto these moments so that you won't have a huge let-down after it is totally over.

    God Bless.

  5. HI Rita

    I am so happy that you managed to make it all the way to Santiago! Congratulations!! I had planned on leaving SJPP on 8 September as well and thought we might meet up, but life (in the form of an ill mother-in-law) decided otherwise. I may give it a try after the holy year.

    Congratulations again !!


  6. Rita, this is beautiful. I feel so fortunate to sit here in Washington State and yet "travel" with you. Every bit has been totally fantastic. Thank you; God bless you!