O Happy Fault

Camino Reflection 3.

Pentecost approaches again. By ordinary accounting the 1,990th Pentecost. Give or take.

Said another way, the Holy Spirit has been trying for a very long time to get us to grow in wisdom and stature. Of late we have resisted growing.

To put it in layman’s terms: when roller staking uphill, you either climb or go backwards.


The answer is plain. Each year we sing it although we barely try to actually understand it nor apply its message.

The necessary sin of Adam. The necessary sin of Adam destroyed completely by the death of Christ.

O happy fault! Earned so great and glorious a Redeemer. Such contradiction! Yet, like the cross, it plays a necessary role!!

So little contemplation of this mystery. The Holy Spirit must be quite frustrated by our failure to contend with this truth. 1,990 times over.

People need space to grow and learn and make mistakes. That’s it in a nutshell.

Instead, today, the church follows a legislative path. This is our path, though which we’ve fallen into the temptation of the desert.

Virtue is learned. Vice is its own repulsion.

Legislation is a cheap proxy for our role as Mother Church. Behold your mother, behold your son. The patience of God is for the salvation of souls. The Church wishes to dispense patience?

Forbid it, Lord!

People need room to grow and learn. People need to find each other in this most.

Remember the wisdom of Solomon.

People need a patient Mother.

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

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

On the way to Bilbao

After two days in Santiago de Compostela (one if you count sleeping 18 hours as not a day), on to Bilbao. When I started this trip I had only a vague idea of how to return to BIQ Biarritz, the airport for the return home.

But since I gave half a thought to walking the Camino via the Northern route, this is a happy bus trip East. From the comfort of a coach, sightsee what I could not walk. The French Way was quite the walk and family forbids I walk yet another segment. Thou doest protest too much 😃

I want to see the ocean again.

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

Gift of Pentecost

Camino Reflection 1.

The gift of Pentecost is to understand. A reversal of the effects of the Tower of Babel, chaos, confusion, alliance, acquisition and advantage.

The gift of understanding from the source of all understanding and truth, God himself as gift. Jesus’ return to the Father so that the Consoler will come is not a sign of weakness or insufficiency as if God can only spare a third of himself at a time.

No, Father and Spirit gifted Son in the Incarnation. Father and Son gift the Spirit in Pentecost.

All are present in the Father.

God holds nothing back. In His entirety he gives.

The Camino is a gift of understanding. From planning, arrival, onset, continuation, to climax in Holy Mass of the Pilgrim in the Chapel of Pilgrims on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.

Jesus returns that he and the Father gift us again.

Stories and insights, yes. Over time, I’m in no rush. But you should know of all I could remember, of those I was reminded of and those on the Way, prayers and supplication.

We stand and exist by the power of God, in the love of God, and for the reflexive and responsive love we were created into and for.

Babel has ended. Divine insight is ours as gift: personal and in the person of God.

Be set free and like in the gift of understanding.

Peregrinos, return in understanding.

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

Gift of Sunrise


The Atlantic

By David Brooks

A priest friend whom I dearly love and respect offered this opinion piece for discussion. There are elements of the piece I disagree with and solid pieces too, that bring us to a center.

Life is a gift. Our ancestry is a gift. Our common history is a gift. If treated correctly, women as ‘alas, bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh’ we’d be doing well.

A link to the article here: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2023/06/canada-legalized-medical-assisted-suicide-euthanasia-death-maid/673790/

In correlation, a scientific piece that from another angle brings giftedness to a new level.

A link to that article here: https://aeon.co/essays/time-is-not-an-illusion-its-an-object-with-physical-size

I gave an extensive reply but skipping that here.

Camino Reflection 0.

My summary reply:

Remember the wisdom of Solomon.

It is one woman in desperate contradiction to herself given space to discover her true calling, mother!

Theologians ignore this most important story!!!!

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry