Pilgrimage routes

Map of the Camino de Santiago in northern SpainIf you could pause real life and spend some time living with a family anywhere in the world, where would you go? – WordPress Daily Prompt

I know a good friend, a Roman Catholic Priest,  who is on the pilgrimage Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James).   If you knew this man you would know that he is human as we all are, filled with foibles and habits he wishes he did not have.  He has been on this walk going on a month now and experienced some very interesting spiritual things.

For him, and I am assuming for many who pilgrimage, this is a walk not only with others but most importantly with God.  Pilgrimages are times when the pilgrim places him or herself in the hands of God, it is the ultimate trust walk.  From almost the beginning of his journey he has had to deal with being alone, eating alone, becoming injuries, losing important documents, he has been forced to trust ultimately.  He has spent days walking the most difficult routine one can take on the Camino, and as he once posted: “I don’t always like my own company.”   I know he did not know what to expect from this experience, except that he was going to come back changed.

This walk is difficult at the best of times and challenging all the time.  For my friend it is calling up demons and habits God wants him to confront; and confront them he is.   This journey strips you of all the pretenses you have.  You run into obstacles that force you to see yourself as you truly are and you have a choice: change or stay the same.   You are in a foreign land  away from all the comforts you know and you are called to create a stronger spiritual nature so that you can find comfort within yourself, with God, and in the moment you are in.

 

Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director

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