the man who walks 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago (so I paraphrased the classic Proclaimers’ song). Tomorrow my wife, Jenny, and I leave for Spain for 6 weeks to walk the northern route of the ancient Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Saint James in Santiago, Spain, where according to legend the remains of St. James the Apostle are buried. In my writing and speaking, I often talk about how I see children and youth as spiritual co-pilgrims with adults–and I’m looking forward to becoming a pilgrim who walks a path that has been tread by thousands of other pilgrims over the centuries. I think this experience will give me new ways to think about faith and spirituality and I’ll share them here….but probably not until I get back in mid-August. Many people have been asking me if I’ll be blogging while on the Camino, but it’s not something that appeals to me. I tend to like having time to process and reflect on my inner spiritual experiences before sharing them with others through words, so the idea of blogging while on pilgrimage does not appeal to me. But I plan on writing about the experience when I get back–in fact, Jenny and I will be speaking at St. John Evangelist Church in Kitchener, Ontario only a few days after we get back. If you’re in the area, I hope you can join us for a screening of The Way (a movie about a man who walks the Camino) and our talk.
Until our journeys cross again, blessings on your life pilgrimage.