Hiking the Camino is a book by Father Dave Pivonka. I am reading it now, a gift from Sherie from San Diego. It is subtitled 500 Miles With Jesus. This is at least the second trail book that I have read by a priest. Also read one by Nun Rupp from Iowa. I am trying to remember her first name, Joyce maybe, Chemohead me.
When a priest or a nun writes a book about the Camino different things come up. They may start with the same beginning point or stimulus but they wind up going further or to different places than me or you. I suppose that is to be expected. But it is fun and productive to read their thoughts on daily walking.
There was a whole chapter on the daily clothes washing ritual. And that turns into a thoughtful commentary on the Sacrament of Confession or Reconciliation as it is known today. I learned something in that chapter and it is the thing that is salient so far in the book.
This priest, Father Dave, traveled with his whole “priest kit” whatever that is called. He helped celebrate Mass in churches as he went along. See right there the word “celebrate” in conjunction with the word Mass is a good thing that I am learning from him. Felipe just goes to Mass, at least he did in the past. I get “celebrate” and I will use it in the future. But back to Father Dave and him choosing to go with all his gear to function on the trail as he did at home. I have heard of some priests who go under cover, just traveling anonymously or privately maybe.
Ah, then there is Nurse Dave. This is one of my nurses from the treatment center that just finished in Santiago. He had a pic of his Compostela or Camino diploma on FB. I am so proud of him for doing it. I wrote “thank you” to him. Can’t wait to see him in person.
OK, have to go and move some wood before the rain comes. Chilly morning here. Take care dear ones, love Felipe.