“Taking into consideration the possible meaning of these words, and the fact that Spanish is my first language and I can totally be missing the point!!!!! but, I like to think that one can understand the Camino de Santiago (as an example, you can replace it with other pilgrimage) as:
1) A long (with “long” being subjective) distance covered by foot (or bike, or donkey, you name it) to the Tomb of Santiago, done with a spirit concerned with religion.
2) A long (with “long” being subjective) distance covered by foot (or bike, or donkey, you name it) to the City of Santiago de Compostela, with an ending point established in the Cathedral, done conscientiously.
3) As Andrew Bennet said, to cover the 18 inches that separates our head to our heart done conscientiously. Those 18 inches for some of us are the longest journey we could ever possible made, it is certainly a journey to a sacred place, and there is no way to done it other than conscientiously. My pilgrim friend Fr. Ben said very wisely that those 18 inches are like journeying through the forest of our soul, and John O’Donohue wrote that “your soul alone knows the geography of your destiny, your soul alone has the map of your future…”
So, as I understand this matter, you can be a pilgrim without leaving your backyard or your bed or your home; and you can go to any point of the Camino de Santiago route, follow the arrows, and do just a “hike”… but you know, Spanish is my first language!!! and I can totally be missing the point here!!! 😀
Dictionary-approved Pilgrims Love,
That’s Cris from Bueno Aires. This all has to do with a blogpost a couple of days ago where I was defining a few words out of the big fat paper dictionary (American English flavor). Words that were related to pilgrimage and walking. Anyway, I stirred the pot and Cris (CSABC) got involved. There is some great stuff in her material.
Thank you Cris! I know that she does a lot of her writing while she rides the bus through Buenos Aires. It is fun to try and picture that.
I am still recovering from the Marine invasion Sunday. Those guys are real pieces of work. That is a great compliment by the way. We will see Pilgrim Farmer John again in August at the Caminoheads Get Together.
Time to go. Miss you loves, Felipé.