Again, it is with my apologies that I begin to update you. It has been far too long I know but computers are hard to come by!
I finished my walk into Santiago last friday. The last few days of the trip were hard as I wasn´t feeling up to snuff. My walking distance dropped as I was out of gas… but as I didn´t stop, I made it.
I checked into an Old seminary and then went to mass at the cathedral. They swung the large censor (butofumeria…or something in that ball park). The service was conducted by the bishop and there were a couple of thousands of people.
I rested in Santiago to see if I might get the feeling that I could do the last 100 kms to the coast, but my cold prevented that… so I joined my friends Lizzy and Louie in their rented car instead. Finisterra was our first stop, which is the westernmost point of Europe… the name means end of the earth. Today we went to Muxia, another cape or point sticking out into the ocean (this was the place that Martin Sheen´s character put the ashed of his son into the ocean). It was very beautiful and rustic.
My last task for my camino was to put some of the ashes of two folk from my parish into that same place! Their spouses gave the ashes to me and I said I would put them into the ocean… today I did just that. I said prayers and sung that song from Lord of the rings Into the West! Here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgcoBKWTW14 (I hope it works if you haven´t heard it)
Something about being asked to take these ashes to Muxia moved me a great deal; the trust that was being placed in me was overwhelming. Also (and I haven´t figured it out yet) it feels like sometime we as clergy are asked to take people to sacred spaces, holy places… and we ourselves are somehow inadequate for the task at times. Your feedback on this would be appreciated!
Tomorrow I leave for Porto, Portugal. I hope to spend some time sightseeing and sitting on the beach… maybe even sightseeing on the beach! My flight leaves Porto next Monday!
I do look forward to seeing so many of you. Today I was imagining what it would be like to stand in my church and greet again so many who are important to me… I am looking forward to that day!
I am ready to come home; my Camino is now done!
Blessings to you all from Spain!