Last Sunday, Dan, our parish pastor, blessed me with these words:
Loving God, we are all pilgrims, seeking to appreciate the quiet immensity of your presence.
We pray in a special way for our brother, Tom, as he undertakes this pilgrimage to and through Spain.
Watch over him; guide his steps; and help him to awaken each day to the beauty of your creation and the inner dignity that we all carry within.
May he remain open to the generous graces you offer him through nature, through the people he meets, through the quiet conversations he has each day with you.
May he never feel alone but always experience the prayerful company of his family, his friends and his Bellarmine community.
May you go forth with the blessing of our God.
On Monday, my fellow Vincentians also gave me a blessing for my pilgrimage. With all these prayers and those of so many others, I leave on Saturday to start the walking portion of my pilgrimage on Monday with confidence and hope. Thank you all and God bless you.