Yesterday a Spanish friend asked me if I had had a spiritual experience or awakening since returning to the Camino. And it caused me to reflect on spirituality during today’s challenging section from Redondela to Pontevedra, Spain. The trek was a mix of coastal scenery and arboreal fern forests coupled with a never ending series of hills. Exhausting.
However, for the first time, we noticed a spike of pilgrim traffic and that warmed our hearts. When we arrived in Pontevedra we managed to tap into a reserve energy to find two bookshops willing to entertain my Spanish version of “It’s Your Camino. “ Yet something was still missing.
Then it happened. While poking around in the city center we came upon the Sanctuary of the Pilgrim. Rory found a pew to reflect and pray while I stood off to the side. An elderly sacristan came forward and touched my arm, “Could you help?” Half an hour later I found myself at the Pilgrim’s Mass standing in front of congregation of pilgrims and Pontevedrans doing the First Reading from the Book of Exodus 14:21-15:1…in Spanish! The experience was an emotional jolt, a personal message…and it rocked me to the core. The Lord works in mysterious ways. 🙏