Portomarin to Palas de Rei – Day 29

The Mist

First, I must note that in reaching the physical end of any discipline schedule – that was commenced in order to eliminate those common habits and inclinations that are not to the benefit of a person’s sanctification or general well-being of one’s spirit – there can be no assumption that the discipline has corrected the defect of concern.  One’s schedule for specific disciplinarian routine is just that; one’s choice of schedule, and as such has no assured relationship to the depth and character of the ingrained habit or inclination.  That’s a lot of words to state a simple fact…..  Continue reading Portomarin to Palas de Rei – Day 29

Sarria to Portomarin – Day 28

El Cruciero

For the second day in a row, I found myself crawling out of my bunk bed; lights off and everyone else in the dorm either asleep or wishing they still were.  I understand the feeling.  You just walked 22 kilometers the day before, and against your better judgment, or just because you just walked 22 kilometers, you take off with friends to financially support the local cafes and bars until 10:00pm.  Now wait, you’re saying that 10:00pm isn’t all that late, and you’re right.  The Albergues all lock their doors at somewhere between 10:00pm and 11:00pm, so you don’t have much choice, unless you want to sleep on the doorstep of the Albergue.  Continue reading Sarria to Portomarin – Day 28

Triacastela to Sarria – Day 27

128 Kilometers to Go

I’m going to have to confess that from this day, Tuesday, till I reach Santiago de Compostela, on Sunday, I am probably going to be a little one-minded.  It is as I began to discuss a couple of posts back; I’m nearing the end of this pilgrimage.  My mind is locked in on the realization, and my physical destination is clear.  I’d also have to say that I sense the work done within me is near completion.  I sense its place in my mind, my heart, and my soul.  Something is irrevocably changed; I’m just not sure of what it is.  That is something that I think will play itself out on my return and in the subsequent months and years to come. Continue reading Triacastela to Sarria – Day 27