Shrill Until You Simply Stop

Camino Reflection 2.

During the entire five weeks of the Camino, nobody asked me my gender nor how I identify nor my sexual orientation.

As we stopped to eat and sleep we trekked through some very remote areas. All the Albergues were of like kind. Men and women shared 18-20 bunks all tightly arranged in one large room. There was one bathroom. Private stalls but no differentiation between groups.

Privacy was a common ethic. Courtesy another.

Questions we did ask one another…

As to the person:

  1. What’s your name? Where are you from?
  2. What type of spiritual Camino are you doing?

As to the body:

  1. How are your feet?
  2. Are you in pain?
  3. Do you need anything?

We ate in common, slept in common and shared in common.

Nobody felt threatened.

It’s time to stop the shrill moralization and focus on behavioral excellence. Yes, Church, I’m talking to you.

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

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