Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

20130630 Finisterre


20130630 Pilgrim on the way to Finisterre

20130630 Morning at Finisterre

20130630 Pilgrim

Loren is 80.
 She started in St Jean where I did.
 She started in the beginning of April.
 I started at the end of May.
 We both arrived on Finisterre at the same time.
 See? Go your own pace!
 Do it, Dad!

20130630 Up the Hill to the End of the World

20130630 Pilgrims Hiding from the Sun

20130630 End of the World, End of the Journey

Santiago felt like just another stopover town. It was cool- I got my compostela and saw a couple of pilgrims I hadn't seen in a few weeks. But it felt like Burgos and Leon and Logrono.

Finisterre really felt like the end of my journey. On the way up the hill to the western-most point of the continent, I noticed that there was a mass starting at the tiny chapel Igrexa de Santa Maria. It was packed with locals and pilgrims. They had a girls choir, with a young girl in the back just singing her heart out. The congregation sang along and the priest gave a hearty sermon, even though I had no idea what he was saying. I suddenly got it.

My second and last spiritual moment was in that church: the Holy Spirit is people. It's community, people together. This is the lesson that has been trying to come through to me this whole way: the solitary contemplation made the serendipitous roadside pilgrim conversation meaningful, the circumstances and activity made pilgrims open up to each other like you never would in real life, the fact that the pilgrims shared everything with each other along the way, including emotional support, a listening ear, and sometimes just singing together or sharing a meal. THIS is what the lesson is. I get it now.

NOW I feel like my journey is done.

I'm ready to stop walking.

I love you and can't wait to talk to you when I get home.

I will be spending much energy in convincing you to do at least a portion of this.

PS the order of the pictures I send you is the order in which I saw them.

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End of the World, End of the Journey

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20130630 Girl Choir

In a small chapel in Finisterre.