Camino 2022 – Day 50 – to O Pedrouzo

Monday, November 7th

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for Phille from the Camino, for the healing of his foot and for the continued Grace of God and blessings upon him and his family.


Today is our last day before the final day into Santiago. We have kept a list of all of the intentions along the way and today we come to the last one. Phille is a man we met early on in the Camino who was riding a bicycle across the Camino for a charity back in his home. I shared a little about him on September 29th on my Facebook page. He has since finished the Camino and is back home but today we walked and prayed for the healing of his foot and also the increase of Grace and Faith in his life.

Today we tried to take in the beauty of the Camino as much as possible. We know we are coming to the end. Our bodies are telling us it is time to go home! But there is something beautiful about simply walking and praying each day. Just simply being as God has made us to be.

We are certainly going to miss the many magical forests we have come upon in this journey.

We will miss the many unique places to stop and have a drink / snack including this one lined with beer bottles from pilgrims who have passed through this way. We will even miss the many farms we have passed and the many friendly dogs who greeted us along the way! (Although we will probably not miss the smells!!)

Tomorrow we make the final walk into Santiago de Compostela. On Wednesday we hope to get our official Compostela and attend morning Mass at the Cathedral. Tonight we spend one last night in an albergue, listening to the many sounds from other pilgrims in the nearby room. We say a little prayer for all of them who are making this last leg of the journey towards this destination. But we also pray that this is not the end. We pray that the Camino will continue in our hearts as we return to our various countries, to our homes and communities.

It has been a supreme pleasure to be able to pray for a different person each day throughout these 40 days of walking this pilgrimage. Tomorrow we walk for our own personal intention. Tonight as we lay down to go to bed we will say a prayer for all those for whom we have prayed along “the way” – knowing that God cares for each one of your needs with His incredible love.

Buen Camino ❤️🙏


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for Phille from the Camino, for the healing of his foot and for the continued Grace of God and blessings upon him and his family.

Camino 2022 – Day 49 – to Arzúa

Sunday, November 6th


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for our daughter Manessa on her 25th birthday.


On Saturday we took our rest day in Melide so we would be able to walk today for our daughter Manessa’s birthday. On our way out of town we found an open chapel and then we each found our own Camino marker which shows our current age in kilometers! (+/-) We decided to do our happy birthday video from the spot of Lisa’s mile marker.

Today was a shorter walking day just under 9 mi. We’re beginning to reflect on the last month and a half of this walk and preparing our hearts to return home.

We talked about how it’s a bittersweet feeling. We’re looking forward to going back home and returning to our family, our parish, and I guess what we would call “regular life”. Now the challenge is to figure out how to incorporate this daily walk, this Camino, into our everyday living.

For me I have found a new rhythm of prayer. I have found encouragement from the Holy Spirit to let go of more things in the world and make more room for prayer and communion.

“Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God?”

James 4:4a

This passage from scripture has been on my mind and heart for the last couple of weeks. And I think this is one of the directions that I need to take home with me. Walking every day on the Camino affords a lot of time to meditate on the word, enter into prayer, and just be silent. There’s not a lot of time to be on social media, watch YouTube videos, binge watch Netflix shows while walking each day. So there definitely is a direction of pruning that the spirit wants to take in my life. To continue walking the Camino back home is to continue this rhythm of prayer, silence, and daily attention given to God.

As we near the end of this pilgrimage there’s also a certain excitement of reaching Santiago. I keep waiting for that inner transfiguration moment to occur. But then the Holy Spirit reminds me with this question, “why are you here?“.

Ever since we started planning this second Camino a few years ago it was always with the intention of it being a bookend to our spiritual journey. The first Camino started just two weeks after we began formation. This one, as a bookend in gratitude and thanksgiving for God’s call and the sacrament of holy orders.

Settling in to Arzúa, we take stock that there are now just 2 days left to walk. We will be in Santiago on Tuesday. I think the real unpacking of this Camino will happen in the months to come. After all it’s not the end of the Camino but only the continuation of it.

Buen Camino ❤️🙏


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for our daughter Manessa on her 25th birthday.

Camino 2022 – Day 47 – to Melide

Friday, November 4th

Reflection by Lisa Ferris


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Annemarie Benigno personal intentions.


Have you ever been on a vacation for a few weeks and towards the last couple of days, find yourself longing for home?

At the last few chapters of a novel… find yourself skimming through pages, with an expectation of reaching the conclusion?

Here we began our day with the realization that we have only four days of walking left. How did we ever get here?? The end seemed so far away when we began, and now it is definitely within our sights!!

We walked towards a small church where an older man beckoned us to come inside. We were happy to find the church open, and even happier to find a man so eager for us to come in, take time to pray, get a stamp. I considered what a day in the life of this man looks like, spending time in the chapel with the Lord. Standing at the door, inviting people to come, sharing a bit of his story with pilgrims. Later in the day when we stopped for a snack we met up with a few pilgrims we had met the day before, they had also stopped at the church, said some prayers, lit a candle. It was a new experience for them, they were so very thankful. Grateful for the invitation from the man to come, come in, come and be with the Lord.

This pilgrimage has had it’s struggles and joys, easier days and ones that ended in tears, so many wonderful people and Spain… is amazing. Yet here at the end, my heart longs for Santiago. Café con leche, pimientos de pedron, sangria, visiting historical sites, amazing vistas were exciting and delightful but I came here for a purpose, to reach Santiago de Compostela. What seemed to be fulfilling at one time is losing it’s luster, almost a distraction now.

Our journey so far….

The psalmist says, “My souls longs for the courts of the Lord.” Everything in this world was meant to draw my heart to the Creator of heaven and earth. If there are things in this world that distract me from my destination, the problem isn’t with those things, the problem is my heart. The Lord stands and calls me, invites me to leave all of that behind. Spend time in prayer, in His presence, come…

And so it is with my journey towards my real home, heaven. The excitement builds, and yet I must be mindful to watch my steps, not skim through the pages, let the journey do it’s work to prepare me!

Buen Camino ❤️🙏


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Annemarie Benigno personal intentions.

Camino 2022 – Day 46 – to Lestedo

Thursday, November 3rd


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: For Deacon Ralph and Joy Turingan and their daughters.


We read the weather report that said the rain should be over by 10:00 a.m. So we took an extra long morning, had an extra Cafe Con leche, and then decided to head out. But as would happen, the heavens opened and the rains came down! We geared up in our raincoats and headed out because we still have the joy that there are only 4 more days of walking until we reach Santiago!!

As we began our climb up the hill with rivers of water coming down, we passed the chapel of Saint Roque. I shouted out, “Saint Roque, pray for us!” because he is the patron saint of knee problems. The day before as we were making our way into Portomarin, my knee was actually giving out and was becoming a great concern. So this morning I turned my heart to our heavenly family to ask for their prayers and found great strength thinking of my own patron saint, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, whose conversion began with a wounded knee from a cannonball. As we continued on I found inspiration in the continued conversion of my own heart in the coming few days.

Lisa captured this image of a tree clutching still by its roots. A good reminder to just hang in there!

The sun finally came out and we put away our rain gear. After 2 hours of rain, the rest of the day was gorgeous and our hearts were greatly cheered!

The views

We arrived to our hostel and found that it was a lovely large home run by a young woman in her twenties. There were other fellow pilgrims already there. The young woman showed us a family room with a fireplace, a sitting room with a library, and a large dining room where we would have dinner later in the night.

One problem we learned of in the morning was that Lisa somehow contracted a case of bed bugs. She woke up with all kinds of bites all over. We really needed to wash all of her clothes and put her backpack through a dryer. Unfortunately this place only had a washing machine and places to hang clothes. When I inquired about having them call a taxi for me to bring me to the next town, this young woman volunteered another young man who worked there to drive me into town to a local laundromat, wait for me, and then bring me back. (All without expecting any compensation) The hospitality of this region is outstanding!

We really are astounded not only by the hospitality of this young woman running this hostel, but by her amazing cooking skills as well! True restaurant quality and options for Lisa’s vegetarian life!

We went to bed that night happy, well fed, and confident that there would be no more bed bug bites!

Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite!

Funny little saying with lots of new meaning for us! (Well, for Lisa anyway!)

Buen Camino ❤️🙏


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: For Deacon Ralph and Joy Turingan and their daughters.

Camino 2022 – Day 45 – to Portomarin

Wednesday, November 2nd

Reflection by Lisa Ferris


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for all the souls of the faithful departed; especially for those who have no one to pray for them. (All Souls Day).


Today we began our first steps where many pilgrims begin their pilgrimage, Sarria. It is here in Sarria that you must begin in order to receive the Compostela, the certification given by the church that you have completed the Camino de Santiago. So, many pilgrims start their journey here, and we likely will come across many more pilgrims during our walks from now on…. So many more “Buen Caminos” will be said throughout the day.

I think a good question to consider today would be what does this phrase mean, “Buen Camino.” These words literally mean good way. There have been times when people have asked us is we are having fun, if it is enjoyable, if we are having a good time… Richard and I laughed at the idea today that some have said, “Have a nice vacation!” when hearing about this trip, And yet, although it is not always enjoyable, fun, or a good time, it is VERY good.

What makes it good? There are so many things that make it good. The deep recognition that the Lord and Creator of the universe walks with us each day, that is good. The abundant grace that we walk in every day provided by the Savior in answer to your prayers, that is good. The invitation of Jesus to be a friend to those we walk with, that is good. So, yes indeed, it is a Buen Camino.

We walked this path before, and still it is new. Today as we walked for those who have ended their earthly pilgrimage, we prayed for the souls of those who have died. We walked through many villages with churches that had cemeteries surrounding them, or at their entrances. Sometimes it is hard to face our own deaths or the deaths of those we care for, even Jesus wept at the death of his friend Lazarus. Yet there is no avoiding death, it comes to us all, the real question is what is to come afterwards?

Does the anticipation of reaching the end fill our hearts with joy?? As we approach the last days of our journey, only about 58 miles left to walk, the excitement is building. 5 more days of walking!!

Yet the question we find ourselves asking these days is what about when we are done walking? What does life look like after that? The answer is complicated yet simple, what do we want written on our tombstones? If people were to walk through a cemetery on their way into the church we attended what would we want them to see written there?

“Lisa Ferris – a friend of Jesus- no matter where she found him”


As we end of the day of course the Camino gives us one last challenge! A long bridge over a river and an enormous set upstairs leading up into the village. The end of the journey is not always easy… but it is always sweet.

Buen Camino ❤️🙏


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for all the souls of the faithful departed; especially for those who have no one to pray for them. (All Souls Day).

Camino 2022 – Day 44 – to Sarria

Tuesday, November 1st

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for true peace and justice in our world, and that people would desire to become saints.


What a contrast today was to yesterday! From the very outset today was beautiful and sunny. The weather is still cool but the walking was so much more enjoyable today without the rain!

We were given a choice to take one of two paths today. We decided to take the shorter one which is about 3 miles shorter. Of course the guide did not tell us that this way had such difficulty of elevation changes up and down! Sometimes the shorter choice is the harder choice!

As we were thinking today that it is All Saints Day, we also thought how in the spiritual journey sometimes the shortcuts are also the harder paths! The shortest path to Sainthood being martyrdom, is likely not what most people seek.

We had two surprises today along the camino. The first was a small village that had only three buildings. One of them as we approached has a sign in front of it and the doors are open inviting you into an art gallery.

As we were looking around a gentleman came to the door and introduced himself as the owner. His name is Arthur (Art) and he lives below the gallery. He is from England and he has lived there for 15 years now. I asked him what brought him to Spain and he said he walked the Camino and felt like he had been born again. He sold everything in England, bought this small home, and created this beautiful art gallery and prayer space for pilgrims as they pass by.

I was impressed with a small prayer area near the open window where I imagine he kneels and prays reading the scriptures. Before we left he offered to pray for us and as he did he prayed that we would come to know the way, the truth, and the life, Jesus Christ. My heart was full of joy thinking that here is a man who is witnessing to pilgrims as they come by.



The other surprise we encountered was in the neighboring village where a group of people have created a “free living” commune. I met a man named Simon who seemed to be one of the key people there. He is originally from Australia but has been living there for 8 years. He said people come and live for a while and then move on. They had a little area with snacks for pilgrims asking just for donations. He even mentioned they had created a large labyrinth with quartz stones out in a field. The vibe was definitely “groovy”!


We made it to our destination in Sarria and were able to find a local church where we could attend Mass for All Saints Day.

As we prayed today for peace in our world, it struck me the two perspectives on that peace. For Arthur, he created a space of beauty and prayer. He is pointing people to Jesus who is the author of peace.

The other group has good intentions, and is trying to bring people together from all different backgrounds in order to let go of their differences and find a sort of peace and unity among themselves. There was definitely a lot of creativity there.. but also I got the feeling of a lot of chaos, a lack of order and disunity.

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27

To pursue peace is to pursue Jesus. Let’s continue the great adventure! Let’s become Saints!! Buen Camino ❤️🙏

Or Buen “Cowmino” with all the stuff we have walked through!!!

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for true peace and justice in our world, and that people would desire to become saints.

Camino 2022 – Day 43 – to Triacastela

Monday, October 31st

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: today we prayed for all those who have suffered the loss of a child through miscarriage.


Today was another windy rainy day! In Spain the clocks also set back this weekend so we woke up with the hour change for daylight savings.  The temperature outside when we woke up was just around 40° with high winds and heavy rains. But thankfully, because we don’t start walking very early, by the time we did start the rain had died down.

The new Camino weather reporter

We still found joy even in the midst of the challenges. As I was getting ready to take a picture of the little bit of a vista we could see through the clouds, Lisa jumped into action to give the daily weather report.

In moments when the clouds dissipated we saw incredible views. And then just again within minutes the clouds would roll back in. It was a strange feeling being in an elevation above some of the clouds.

Just as we came up over a large hill we were hit with heavy winds. So we quickly ducked into a local bar and found it packed with about 30 other pilgrims. Everyone was soaking wet and freezing. But it was amazing to get that sense that we are not alone on this journey. We stayed just long enough to grab a hot drink and let the chill pass and then we headed out again.

We found this ancient chapel at the top of one of the hills. The sign next to it read,

This hermitage and the Parish Church of Lamas (and other parishes in the area) used to belong to the commandery that the Knights Hospitalier of the Order of Saint John, or Order of Malta, once had in Portomarin. These knights would appoint ordinary judges and had jurisdictional domain over the area. The chapel, measuring six by eight metres, was built with slabs of slate and limestone (which is extracted in the surroundings…)

We stopped again at another albergue so I could change my socks. I have been wearing sandals because my sneakers gave me some blisters. But on days like today the socks soak through and the cold sets in, and the pain got bad enough that I needed to stop within a mile. However we had the chance to meet a couple new pilgrims. One young man named Carlos from Mexico and a young woman named Polly from Russia.

Lisa and Polly

Polly and Lisa hit it off and they walked ahead of me for the rest of the way all the way to the end of our stage this day. I could hear them laughing and chatting and sharing stories. I think the company and conversation helped Lisa for the rest of this day’s walk.

As we made it down the rest of the hill, traversing through a mixture of mud, stone, and manure, we were delighted to see the sunshine finally break through at the end of the day.

We got settled at Triacastela in our room and said goodbye and Buen Camino to Polly. What turned out to be a very difficult and challenging day to begin with faded into joy and happiness by the end. Lisa was blessed to find her first taste on this Camino of one of her favorite dishes – Pimientos de Padron.


Throughout the day we prayed the Rosary in particular for those who have lost children through miscarriage. We prayed for the grace and mercy of God to fill their hearts and heal the wounds. We prayed for the strength of the Holy Spirit to encourage them for the future.

It’s a difficult subject we don’t often hear about. It can be a lonely journey for both women and men. As we prayed for this intention this one scripture kept coming to mind:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort
who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. † For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Our prayer is that all of those who have suffered in this way, would find healing, hope and comfort – and in turn be able to share that with others.

Buen Camino ❤️🙏


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: today we prayed for all those who have suffered the loss of a child through miscarriage.

Camino 2022 – Day 42 – A day off in O Cebrerio

A wonderful day off here in O Cebrerio. We celebrated mass tonight at the oldest church on the Camino.  There is even a reliquary with a Eucharistic miracle.

The priest is a Franciscan who celebrated a beautiful mass and then afterwards called all of the pilgrims up to gather around the altar for their blessing. He had each of us read the blessing in our own language. I was fortunate enough to be the one to read it in english. They were Italians, Koreans, Polish, and of course Spanish.

After the blessing he gave us each a small stone with a yellow arrow painted on the stone. He reminded us that the Camino takes us to Santiago but also beyond to our own lives.  Hr preached a message tonight that reminded us that the way of God is love. We are to take that love into every day of our lives.

Included is a picture of a large prayer near the statues of St Benedict and St Francis.  This wonderfully captured the spirit of the homily tonight.  The album from today you can find here.

Buen Camino ❤️🙏

Camino 2022 – Day 41 – to O Cebrerio

Saturday, October 29th

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Deacon Luis and Deacon Rafael and their wives for healing and God’s grace during trials.


WOW! What a day this was!! One of the hardest so far on this Camino, but also one of the most fruitful spiritually!!

The day started out wonderfully as we had breakfast at our hostel with the hostess / owner. Her typical breakfast she offers is multigrain bread, really rich dark coffee for Cafe Con leche, and peanut butter and maple syrup for the toasted bread. We realize we haven’t had peanut butter on the entire camino! We felt very nourished as we began the day. And boy did we need it!

As we passed the first couple of towns we said goodbye to the cows along the road and began the steep ascent to O Cebrerio. The first ascent climbs 525 ft in just a little over a half a mile of distance. And we did this with pouring rain and high winds. Plus having left the asphalt road we now were climbing a steep path laden with fallen leaves and sheer rocks.

Thankfully towns are scattered just a few miles apart. But by now we were so wet and cold that it just made more sense to press on and keep going. Our next ascent was a little less harsh, 426 ft of elevation over a 1.2 mile distance.

As tough as this day was, it was also incredibly fruitful spiritually. The rain and cold pushed us on to keep walking all the while we found our strength by turning to interior prayer. For myself I prayed all four mysteries of the Rosary throughout the day. As I was praying the sorrowful mysteries, where Jesus carries His cross, I contemplated – why did Jesus carry the cross? For love. Why are we walking this camino? For love. To pray for others and make this pilgrimage out of love and gratitude for God having blessed me with the gift of the sacrament of holy orders.

The really wonderful moment was when I was finishing the glorious mysteries… we entered O Cebrerio. Wet, cold, and tired….but also a sense of victory for having climbed 3200 feet of elevation this day, and especially for the interior strength of the Holy Spirit! What joy as we checked into the hostel and found warm blankets and a hot shower!

We will spend Sunday here to attend mass at the local church run by a Franciscan priest. We will share some more pictures from our Sunday day of rest before beginning towards our final 10 days of the Camino. It’s hard to believe we are in the final stretch towards Santiago. The excitement is building as well as we are thinking of returning home to whatever adventure God has before us.

Buen Camino ❤️🙏


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Deacon Luis and Deacon Rafael and their wives for healing and God’s grace during trials.

Camino 2022 – Day 40 – to Trabadelo

Friday, October 28th – celebrating the 10-year anniversary of my confirmation in the Catholic church!  


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Miriam Krupp, conversion of a friend back to the church. We also prayed for all those who have intentions to see family members come back to the sacramental life of the church.


Today was a cold, wet, rainy overcast day as we walked and celebrated the 10-year anniversary of my conversion into the Catholic Church.  It actually turned out to be a really great day, spiritually, for the fruitful time of prayer offering up the terrain and the weather conditions for the conversion of hearts.

A little view of the day

I have been thinking a lot about the last 10 years. I think the Holy Spirit works similar to when you drop a rock into a pond. There’s the initial splash and then there are the concentric ripples outward. That seems to be the journey of many people’s lives, little conversions over time.

For me I consider that my mother baptized me Episcopalian as a baby. I had other conversion experiences in high school where I gave my heart to Jesus. Most of my teenage years and young adult life were spent in a non-denominational church where I was blessed to learn a lot about the scriptures.  Then in our 30s a major shift in our spiritual life as we entered a sacramental view of religious life in the Lutheran community. And then 10 years ago the culmination of this journey into the full sacramental life of the Holy Catholic church.

Today I’ve also been thinking about a certain pattern I’ve noticed in my life. Every 10 years something major happens. I go back to 1982 when I first met Lisa in 7th grade. She was my first love and the first girl I ever kissed. In 1992 we were married! Another amazing change my life! In 2002 we had our first major shift in our spiritual life when we began to search for the direction God wanted us to go from non-denominational to Lutheran.  We also began to plan for our move from NY to Florida which took place just months later. In 2012 I decided to research the Catholic Church and answer a lingering question, “why are you not Catholic?” It only took a couple of months before I became convinced of Christ present in the Holy Eucharist and decided to join the Catholic Church. 

Now 10 years later in 2022 so many changes have occurred! In June I was ordained to the permanent diaconate, in August Lisa and I celebrated 30 years of marriage, and now we are walking the Camino de Santiago for the second time in thanksgiving for all God has done!   I ask myself, what will 10 years from now bring? What adventure lies ahead of us!?

The day ended with us finding our hostel. A wonderful place run by a woman from the Netherlands. All of her menu is vegetarian which made Lisa very happy! The only challenge was our room was on a third floor, accessed by a staircase outside that was sort of like a spiral staircase. One last climb everyday seems to be the Camino tradition.

Even though it rained most of the day it turned out to be a great day overall. We prayed for many people we know who long for their family members to be reunited and active once again in the Catholic church. We prayed most especially for them to have an encounter with Jesus Christ.

As I end today I share the prayer from the liturgy of the hours and honor of saints Simon and Jude (Thaddeus).

Amen. Buen Camino ❤️🙏


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Miriam Krupp, conversion of a friend back to the church. We also prayed for all those who have intentions to see family members come back to the sacramental life of the church.

Camino 2022 – Day 39 – to Cacabelos

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Mary Curtis Daly special intentions.


Thursday, October 27th – Today’s reflection is by Lisa Ferris:


Sometimes it isn’t until the day after a battle that you feel the toll that it has taken… and so it was this Thursday.

After a wonderful night’s sleep, the owner of the hostel we stayed at prepared breakfast for us this morning. It was delicious, with scrambled eggs, large coffees, rye bread toast… some of our favorites! We thanked him for his hospitality, and he responded with, “My wife and I believe that pilgrims need aid.” And that we did.

As we took those first few steps down the path we let out a small chuckle, our calves and quads were making it known we had pushed them a bit too far yesterday. We prayed at the steps of St Nicholas Church and asked for strength and grace to walk, thankful for a day of little elevation change.

We walked through Ponferrada, had a chance to see the amazing fortress there. Walking past it we came across some religious sisters who wished us a “Buen Camino!” They stopped to chat with us for a moment, their joy spread like wildfire, we both felt our spirits lifted after a few moments with them.

The call to the Angelus

We stopped to pray the ángelus in the cathedral, and a lady who helps at Masses there asked us if we would like a stamp for our pilgrim’s credential. We had wanted one, so we said yes. She took us to the sacristy near the altar and stamped our credential, she then asked for our prayers… what a gift!

We passed through the rest of the city with its rivers and monuments, most of the day we walked on sidewalks or roads. Towards the last 4 miles we walked on a really beautiful path through the woods.

We only have two-three days worth of clothes that we wash (in case you were wondering why we are wearing the same clothes in all the pictures), so every 2nd or 3rd day is laundry day. Today the laundromat was right across the street from a church, that was open. I was so thankful to be able to spend some time in prayer and silence, because indeed, “Pilgrims need aid.”

Sometimes it’s a well cooked breakfast, other times it’s help finding the path, other times it’s silence sitting at the feet of the Savior.

Buen Camino 🙏❤️ — Lisa


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: Mary Curtis Daly special intentions.

Camino 2022 – Day 38 – to Molinaseca

Wednesday, October 26th

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for Carmen Loperena – for her personal prayers for her sons and her grandson.


Today we were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the blue skies and sunshine when all of the predictions for the weather called for partly cloudy and rain. Today is a particularly special day as we journey to Cruz de Ferro, or “Iron Cross”. More about that in a moment.

We started off with some bit of an incline and slightly rocky terrain but also very beautiful fall colors and wooded areas.

About 5 mi into the hike today we were praying the Rosary and preparing our hearts for this significant moment on the Camino. This is a large iron cross on top of a high pole and traditionally, pilgrims bring a rock from their home country and carry it with them for the entirety of the Camino until this moment. As we approached the cross we could see it from a distance and we were still finishing the glorious mysteries of the Rosary when the emotions began to hit us!

The traditional prayer that is offered before placing your stone at the foot of the cross is:

Lord, may this stone, a symbol of my efforts on the pilgrimage that I lay at the foot of the cross, weigh the balance in favour of my good deeds some day when the deeds of my life are judged. Let it be so

For myself I added a silent prayer as well, offering my stone as a symbol of leaving behind all of my regrets, shame, failures, and baggage that I have carried in life. I have had a full month of walking this Camino and the Holy Spirit has shed some light on areas of my own heart which need to live in the freedom of Christ. I was thinking of Father Mark who so often reminds us to bring all of our issues, failures, sins, etc to the altar and leave them there…to give them to Jesus. Needless to say, we did some hard crying today but then left there, having passed through the cross, lighter and experiencing joy.

The views from there were just astounding! I hope you will see some of them in the full album. As we started another climb we came across a memorial to Michael Cura, who died on the Camino in July 2016. I was struck by the saying at the bottom of the plaque.

The boat is safer anchored at the port. But that is not the aim of boats“.

Jesus said in the Gospel, “I have come that you may have life to the full”. Today was a challenge to follow Jesus wherever He leads, even to the cross and beyond. For wherever He is, there is the fullness of life!

Just a taste of the beauty that we experienced today.

It seems that right after a moment of victory and spiritual significance, comes the test of faith! From here on out we were met with a path that was a true test of endurance today! The next 10 miles we walked down a steep descent of rock, ruts, and treacherous slopes. (3378 feet of decline!)

The Lord is faithful to give us a moment of laughter just about the point at which we might despair!

At a later time in the future I’ll write more extensively about some of the insights gained from this day. The one thing I can say is we were very tempted towards the end of the day to allow such a lengthy time of enduring the path to rob us of the joy of the day’s beauty. This reminded me very much of our journey in life. We get moments where we glimpse joy, happiness, a little bit of heaven. And then the hardships and afflictions of life come and try to rob us of that joy. It seems the real test of faith is to cling to those moments of beauty and joy and allow them to become a source of strength to continue on the path. (Come Holy Spirit!!)

As we finally reached Molinaseca, we laughed a little that what Google maps said should only take an hour took us in fact three and a half or 4 hours because of how slow and careful we had to step. And even as we arrived into the town we had one last bridge to cross…

Yes…more rocks!!

The day ended well with our host at the hostel giving us an upgraded room. We have a comfortable bed and we don’t even want to leave for the night! Tomorrow is a new day with hopefully easier terrain. I’m sure we will sleep hard tonight!

Buen Camino 🙏❤️


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for Carmen Loperena – for her personal prayers for her sons and her grandson.

Camino 2022 – Day 37 – to Rabanal del Camino

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for Elda Mills and her husband Adolph’s health.


Tuesday, October 25th


Ok…. today was a little bit late for our start! We stayed in a rather nice hotel last night and I think the bed was especially comfortable. We normally wake up before 7:00 a.m. and are usually heading to the nearby cafe at least by 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. This morning we didn’t even wake up until 9:00 a.m.!

But everything is in God’s hands on a day-to-day basis here! We found a local pharmacy, stocked up on ibuprofen and vitamin c, found our morning coffee and then a quick stop by the cathedral in Astorga. We didn’t have time this morning to go inside the cathedral other than to collect our stamp on our pilgrim passport. But if you’d like to see photos from the interior from our 2016 visit, click here.

Most of the day looked a lot like this. Overcast and some light drizzle here and there. We rejoiced that there was no massive downpours today! Our late start provided us another day of silence and solitude as we walked and prayed.

I’m happy to say that this has been a very fruitful time spiritually for Lisa and I. For myself I’ve been seeking some answers to some questions and direction for my life and the journey of prayer that this Camino has been for us is really bearing some good fruit. Today I listened a second time to an essay by CS Lewis entitled “The weight of glory” which came at just the right time in this journey.

We often get surprised with little oddities on the Camino. At the entrance of one village was this dice made out of stone which you could actually spin on its rotating base. I have no idea what it was for or why it was there but it was fun to spin!! As we entered another village we looked off in the distance and there is a hostel which offers a unique Teepee experience!

As we were nearing our final destination for the day the path took us into the woods for some challenging inclines on rocks. Lisa took the wiser path and walked along the road. When we met up again there was a fence with many little crosses placed there by pilgrims. This time I made a little contribution.

Little breaks in the clouds brought beautiful sunshine spotlighting the local churches in this town. It’s amazing, for such a small town there were three churches all within a mile of each other. (Maybe in honor of the blessed Trinity?)

As we walked through the town there were some really interesting architecture with all of the buildings now being a style of conforming stone. There was a beautiful saying attached to one of the buildings, a proverb of sorts.

We found our hostel which turned out to be a beautiful stone building with an open interior having a bar / restaurant that was so welcoming. The woman who runs this hostel was so kind and offers laundry service even! Of course we did find our room on the second floor which meant a couple of sets of stairs at the end of the day! Ah the way of the Camino!

The comfort of a fireplace with a little coffee and brownie, paired with beautiful sunsets out the balcony from our second floor room made this a perfect ending to the day. God’s reminder to us that no matter how long or hard the journey, or how gray and rainy the skies, we will eventually find the warmth and beauty of the sunshine (and maybe even a brownie!) We take each day with the promise of the kingdom…both now and to come!!

Buen Camino 🙏❤️


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for Elda Mills and her husband Adolph’s health.

Camino 2022 – Day 36 – to Astorga

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for those in our parish Faith formation team (Chris, Christine, and Sarita), and all the volunteers that work to teach the word of God in our parish. That their efforts and labor would be fruitful and help our children, teenagers, and adults have a true encounter with Jesus Christ.


Monday, October 24th – memorial of St Anthony Claret.


Today was a cold but beautiful start to the day. We have a really big day ahead of us with almost 18 miles to walk. The weather forecast a day or two ago said it would be raining all week but today, although really cold, had no rain!

We didn’t take too many pictures this morning because we varied from pathways along the highway to a few paths in the forest and back to the highway again.

After about 7 miles we came to a town called Hospital de Obrigo. It had a beautiful bridge (built in the 13th century) connecting two parts of the town over a beautiful river. Along the left side of the bridge in a field were set up some type of wooden structure. I read on a nearby sign that they have medieval tournaments here with jousting and sword play!

From this point we had about an 8 mile walk to our next town. We were along a major highway on an old road with a massive incline that seemed to go on forever!

We were given a choice to take another route to the north which would have added another mile to our day. The guide indicated that the one along the highway was boring but shorter. We opted for shorter because we find that there are no boring paths on the Camino!

A pleasant surprise was when we came across areas of the hillside that had all these holes in them. All of a sudden as we were walking really large rabbits came out of the bushes and ran up and jumped into those holes!

Most of the day we spent in prayer and silence as we rarely saw any other pilgrims on our path today. We prayed the joyful mysteries of the Rosary for our faith formation team and all of the volunteers who serve our children, our teens, and adults in their spiritual formation.

  • The Annunciation – that our faith formation team and volunteers would give their “yes” in love and obedience to God’s will
  • The Visitation – that they would grow in the grace of love for those they serve in order to help form Christ in them.
  • The Nativity – that those on the faith formation team and the volunteers would teach in a way that makes Christ the very center of everything!
  • The Presentation – that the team and volunteers would take Jesus into their arms as Simeon and Anna did in the temple, and proclaim the good news of Jesus to all those they teach!
  • The finding of Jesus in the temple – that the team and all the volunteers would teach and live in a way that would help the children, teenagers and other adults find Jesus in the scriptures and have a true encounter with him!

As we came over the hill into Astorga, the two paths of the Camino converged at this cross with a beautiful view of the city ahead of us. At the bottom of the hill was a statue of a pilgrim entitled “Sed” or “Thirst”.

In typical fashion of the Camino, after going up and over a crazy contraption of ramps and stairs over a train track, we came into the City and could see our hotel at the top of the hill. Just one more challenge… Climb these steps all the way to the top of the street or go around another two blocks to get to the front of the hotel. We chose the stairs! The harder way sometimes is the best way especially when you’re longing to reach the end of that day!


As I close out this day’s reflection I offer the prayer from the liturgy of the hours for this memorial of Saint Anthony Mary Claret.

Buen Camino 🙏❤️


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for those in our parish Faith formation team (Chris, Christine, and Sarita), and all the volunteers that work to teach the word of God in our parish. That their efforts and labor would be fruitful and help our children, teenagers, and adults have a true encounter with Jesus Christ.

Camino 2022 – Day 35 – to Villadangos del Pàramo

Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for all missionaries of the Word, especially our “Breaking open the Word” group serving our local rehab center in Clermont. 


Sunday October 23rd

Today we prepared for rain and wind. As we started out from León, we passed by a large 5 Star hotel called the Paradores, which was featured in the movie “The Way”. We also said our morning prayer outside of a church that looked like it was a huge fortress! This reminded me of the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God“.

Today is mission Sunday and we decided to pray for all those who are missionaries of the Word in the world. At our parish we have a group of people who go every week to a local rehab facility and share a service of the word with anyone who wants to attend.  We prayed for them and we prayed for missionaries and for the Pontifical Mission Society of the church (thinking especially of Fr Ponce in Uganda).

As we passed through one of the towns we found an entire section of Bodegas, some of which looked to be still lived in.  Yes these do look like hobbits houses!!

As the weather turned just after lunch time to high winds and rain we also found many challenges with the path today. Some areas which were washed out by heavy rains overnight.

We eventually got to an area where the path was completely washed out and it didn’t seem like there was any way around it. I was fully expecting to just have to get our feet wet and walk through this flowing river… Until Lisa decided to adapt to the path!

And since she showed me that this was possible, it was my turn next!

That extra 20 or 25 lb in your backpack makes a big difference when you try to jump!

For the next couple of miles the wind really picked up, probably around 30 miles an hour at certain moments. The rain and the wind brought the temperature down into the low 40s. But thanks be to God we made it to our hostel and have a warm bed and a warm meal to end our day.

One highlight of the day was when we stopped for lunch and a little restaurant called Mesón El Yantar del Peregrino.

When we finished lunch, the woman who owned the bar invited me to write our names and where we were from on the wall. So now we have a little memory forever in Spain!!

Overall it was a good day. Some days the road is challenging and difficult. But the joy of the journey remains. Just as it does for our lives on this journey to our heavenly home!

Only 180 miles to go!

And we are nearing the end of this journey! Only 180 miles to go to reach Santiago de Compostela.

Buen Camino 🙏❤️


Today’s pictures can be viewed here. Today’s prayer intentions: for all missionaries of the Word, especially our “Breaking open the Word” group serving our local rehab center in Clermont.