Camino de Santiago – Penitential

Morning at A Guarda

A pilgrimage walk can be penitential pilgrimage when we are vulnerable, personal and minimalistic. We engage in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We abandon the world but for God. We let God reveal himself in creation, reason and faith. We seek God who first sought us. We answer God because he first answered us.

Many stops today, among them Oia, Mougas and Baiona. 30 km.

Lunch was so big lasted three meals for me.


Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth; break into song; sing praise. Let the sea and what fills it resound, the world and those who dwell there. Let the rivers clap their hands, the mountains shout with them for joy (PS 98:4, 7-8)


Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what does not satisfy? Only listen to me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare. Pay attention and come to me; listen, that you may have life. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, the steadfast loyalty promised to David (ISA 55:2-3).

Even the beasts of the field declare divine love.


So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me empty, but shall do what pleases me, achieving the end for which I sent it (ISA 55:11).

Trailside chapel.

Real Mosteiro de Oia.

12th century monastery in active restoration
Stone Holy Water font


God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth.” (Jn 4:24)

Prayer on the trail get to the heart of the matter.


“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.” And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him. He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground. When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples, he found them sleeping from grief (LK 22:42-45).

Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more (ROM 5:20b). The kindness of others is inspiring me. Bo Camino!


About eight days after he said this, he took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white (LK 9:28-29).

I am getting requests for selfies. Maybe tomorrow. I am seeking my true inner self. So, yeah, very personal.


Our Father…


But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you (MT 6:17-18).

I have not fasted yet except from distractions. FoxNews and MSNBC, who are they again?


This story may not make sense but a woman on the trail caught sight of me and said she heard me praying in the little chapel earlier in the day and it gave her hope and great comfort. Pray is a unitive action.

But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you (MT 6:6).

My prayer strategy included a shoebox filled with prayer cards. As many cards I had I brought and pray each day in chapel. Sometimes for repose of soul. Sometimes for their ministry. It opens my rfaimind to so many others including you, dear reader.

So each category is but a entry into the real memory and quiet discourse for your well-being.

Priests, Joshua Swallows, John Christopher Sollee, Monsignor Stephen C. Bosso, strength and joy in ministry.

Deacons, Matthew Bartlett, Gerald Bott, Steven Dove, Angel Rivera, Roberto Juan Rodriguez, strength and joy in ministry.

Deacons, Andrew Plucinski, (Fr) Robert L. Pope, William G. Watzsk, George F White, strength and joy in ministry.

Friends, Jeffery A Case and Leonardo Morro, repose of soul.

Priest, Raymond P Hubert, Raymond D Auger, repose of his soul.

Parish friends, Olga Garcia, Fernando Garcia, William Bill Earl, repose of their souls.

Deacons and their family members who died, Ira Skinner, Billie Faye Skinner, Wanda Skinner, Janice M Weir, Dcn Ray Neubaubauer, Dcn George J Collins, Loretta B Collins, Dcn William H Cresswell, Bonnie Elaine Plucinski-Chavik, repose of their soul

Interfaith, hospice souls, Anna M Dolan, Joyce L Ward, Rita F La Grua, Elizabeth Velez, Patricia E Di Liberti, Anastasia Tachita Cortez, Atef Gedeon, Giuseppe Mignano, Henry Hall Greer Rose, Helen Virginia Nasby, Armand A Harnous, James J Brooks, Richard Lombardi, Edmond A Di Sandro, Lucia Luigini, Luigi Luigini, Roseanne G Catapano, Anne Puertolas, Vincent G Serritella, James William Dory, Patricia Wadden, Grace DeMonte, Tammy Faye Wetula, Herbert V Danielson, Elizabeth J Hickey, Pablo Miguel Falcon Lies, Alice White, Robert Mare, Rose Bilelli, David H Anthony, James Patrick Karle, Anna M Dolan, Paul Francis Lambert, Maria Giner, Daniel Jon Cesario, Marijuana Yuresko, Catherine Damaso, Mary Ann Calcagno, repose of their souls.


But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you (MT 6:3-4).

No major activity.


Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

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