The Way of St. James

Amy and Dan Morton, members of Holy Cross since 2010, recently experienced a once in a lifetime adventure. They hiked the El Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of St. James. Their journey began on May 1 in southern France and within a day Dan and Amy had crossed into Spain. After one week Dan had to return home. However, Amy remained for 31 days and managed to walk about 500 miles (about 16 miles per day) before she reached the city of Santiago de Compostela. Amy in the last several years had dreamed of this venture motivated by the yearning for both a cultural and spiritual experience. She was inspired awhile back by the movie “The Way” starring Martin Sheen, that depicted a father’s journey in memory of his son who died in the Pyrenees. Amy and Dan were provided a guidebook as well as a “passport” for their journey. As they passed through each town their “passport” would get stamped. Words that they use to describe this journey were “scenic, spectacular, and physically challenging as well as mentally challenging”. Amy and Dan remarked that the churches they encountered along the way were simply amazing.They in particular remember a convent built in the 1200s and participating in a service conducted by the nuns.Some days the road was crowded with people and then other days Amy would find herself hiking by herself. There were many different people of different origins and varying ages.At the end of each day they would stop to rest for the night at a hostel or a private “casa rural” (similar to our bed and breakfast).  This article cannot adequately relay the aspects of this wonderful journey so you are invited to go to the link to view a video that Amy produced. This all gives meaning to the saying “It’s all about the journey and not the destination”!

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