(This blog post should have been posted two days ago and somehow it wasn’t published on that date. But here it is now)
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of having a video chat with Catalina’s grad class on Art and Pilgrimage. I was with them for a little over an hour answering questions. So, after getting permission to share some of their thoughts I am presenting them to you.
The value of these is that we get an educated view of what we are up to. You know when I say that I am a guy just walking in the mud that is what it mostly is but it is more than that. And these folks are going to tell us what that more is. That is their value.
Here are a couple of quotes from Mira. Thank you Mira we appreciate your thoughts and your willingness to participate in Caminoheads blog.
“First and formost, Phil’s project of walking the camino in his backyard is a demonstration of understanding pilgrimage to be primarily a personal journey of the heart, body and mind.”
I guess thinking back on the beginnings of the trail here I built the venue to be a place primarily for my exercise program. But it soon started it’s evolution to pilgrimage trail though. It maybe happened in stages or lurches as time progressed. Father Marc blessed the trail and Annie was sending me chapters from her new book and this was all working on me. Everything was in process but remember there was six months there of walking so there was plenty of time for things to percolate.
“Although he does not stray from his physical location, he is changed (as is his landscape) through the process of daily devotion, intention and physicality. Then once he gets to Spain and walked the literal Camino Santiago, he experiences similar personal transformation.”
Looking back the local camino seemed more internal. Most of it was alone. While in Spain things were more social. But given that, one built on the other. I believe things were richer in Spain because of all the homework that I did here. But they were both remarkable.
OK, wrapping it up. Alperfect, love, Felipe.