We got two tremendous comments from the Caminoheads Neighborhood on yesterday’s Intrepid Little Flower post. We are so blessed to have such talent, experience and sources of inspiration feeding into us. Am publishing both their comments right here, right now:
“Phil, knowing plants, I think those little blue flowers will be BACK, because the sweeper scrubber did not get the ROOTS. Check next time you are there…
“All these plants in cracks reminds me of being in China bringing home one of my girls, a small city for China, standing at an intersection, a 1’by 1′ triangle by the road, with a full grown cabbage! Right there! I wondered who would eat it, how who would harvest it was decided… but that space was occupied and opulent:). Also I wondered why my cabbages are not so beautiful:). This was not a prime growing spot!
”Lots to think about. love, Michelle”
“Hola Amigo Felipe!
“I was looking for just the right opening to tell you about Camino-connected stuff “flowering” in my neck o’ the woods, and you have certainly provided it today!
“Item one, the anesthesiologist who took me “under” for my cardiac bypass surgery and made sure all systems were working during the procedure contacted me last week. We had spent some quality time both pre and post surgery talking about my activities before the heart operation. He was most intrigued by the Camino saga, and the seed was planted in fertile soil. His call was to let me know he is taking his two young teen daughters and going to walk two weeks of the Camino starting August 1st. They hope to make it a yearly event as the girls grow up and add two weeks walking every year from the point they finish up the prior year. I was just thrilled by this news and told him how proud I was of his decision. He turned it right around and gave ME all the credit for doing such an inspiring thing to prompt others to “go and do also”.
“And the second Camino-connected event is even more powerful. A friend I met at a CEW (Christian Experience Weekend) retreat several years ago was using the event as a help in his dealing with the death of his wife by cancer. His daughters were only 7 and 9 years old at the time of their mom’s passing. We really bonded at the retreat and have stayed closely connected, if only by calling and writing. He used the CEW experience to help him decide to enter the deaconate program at St Ambrose U. After a year of that, it was clear to him that his true calling was to the Priesthood. His daughters enthusiastically supported his decision and are his biggest fans. No surprise there, huh? As he was nearing the end of his studies, he felt strongly called to walk the Camino following his ordination. He too remembered my enthusiasm in describing this amazing Pilgrimage when I presented the talk at CEW gatherings. He and a fellow priest did in fact walk the entire Camino Frances and felt it provided them with many answers to the questions that go with the beginnings of priesthood.
“The “Rest of the Story” wonderful part is, Fr Bill has just been assigned to our Parish!! What a thrill this is for all of us, and just as thrilling for him, as he will be within 20 miles of the town his now-grown daughters live in. How’s that for blooming where you’re planted!
“A long post, but I don’t think there’s a charge for excessive verbiage. 😉
OK, lot’s of good verbiage and things to think about here. As for Felipe this pulls his 3C’s together nicely. Let’s review now, remember the 3C’s are Cancer, Catholicism and Camino, not sure of the order. In other words those might be thought about as the Crack, the Seed and the Bloom. As Michelle said, “OCCUPIED AND OPPULENT”. That is new, big and bold! I will have to grow into that!
Feeling totally full, thanks, love Felipe.