Tomorrow marks the start of Tom’s Walk 2.0 — My second Pilgrimage across Spain to Santiago de Compostela! As Peter, Paul and Mary sang “All my bags are packed and I’m ready to go.” Hopefully, travels to Spain are uneventful. If all goes well, my first steps along the yellow-arrow and shell marked trail will be taken on Thursday morning.
Yesterday, I was blessed to get the support and prayers of my fellow “Saints” at Bellarmine Chapel. At the Masses, they announced that I’m walking the Way of St. James, the Pilgrimage across Spain, and that one of the highlights of this Pilgrimage is the Cruz de Ferro or Iron Cross. It is tradition to carry a stone from home that represents the burdens that constrain us and leave that stone at the foot of the Cross of our Savior. Parishioners were invited to write their thoughts on a stone and place it at the base of a model of the Cruz de Ferro in the back of Church. I was given a stone to carrying from Bellarmine representing all the prayers and burdens of our parishioners. It’s now in my backpack and I will place it at the base of the Iron Cross in a few weeks.
One of the readings on Sunday said “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” I pray that this walk will give me a better glimpse at God’s will. The words on my stone ask for this blessing.
Thanks for following my pilgrimage and for all the prayers that are being said for my safe journey and return.