Monday morning and I have an hour to get things done before the walk at 0900. Foggy and still outside right now, sometimes we live for days in the clouds. Here at Caminoheads I have been wanting to revisit something that we covered way back in the Fall of 2014 that was powerful then and I want to recapture that to keep us centered in these fragmented times.
Kelly and I left the Camino trail one day to visit a church that was part of a string of churches built by the Knights Templar way back when. It wasn’t terribly far off the beaten track in kilometers but it was far off in time. It was very beautiful in a way that only old cherished places can be that perhaps have fallen on hard times recently. It was manned (?) by a women, I think of her as a nun in sweatpants. And she was sweeping up and she gives me a half a page of print. This artifact proved extremely helpful to me and formed the groundwork of this blog in the aftermath of my pilgrimage.
There were ten items on both sides of the half sheet and they were termed the Pilgrim Beatitudes. These are so vivid and succinct. And they are plain spoken and mysterious at the same time. I carried these with me in my fanny pack and read them often on the Camino. This is what I searched for. Here is the first one just for today:
BLESSED ARE YOU PILGRIM, IF YOU DISCOVER THAT THE CAMINO OPENS YOUR EYES TO WHAT IS NOT SEEN.
OK said I, let’s start looking for what is not seen. Let’s walk and think about that. Let’s talk and think about that. Let’s shower and sleep and think about that. Let’s eat and drink and think about that.
That was my Camino in 2014. And this is our Camino, right here and right now. What are we going to make of it? Blessed are you pilgrim, love, Felipe.