Completion of the Camino

Completion of the Camino

Well, on Thursday, September 7, this pilgrim arrived at the Cathedral of Santiago!  I must say, there was a sense of relief and an anti-climatic feeling.  Which is why it has taken me a few days to post. I did post on FB on September 8th regarding the Nativity of Mary – primarily because of wanting to recognize Shifra Homes.

The day after arriving to Santiago, and as part of my reflection of the Camino I wanted to go to “the end of the world” (as the Romans referred to it).  I did so with a day excursion by bus. For whatever reason, this day allowed me to “start” my reflection.  I have a feeling the reflecting will go on for days, weeks ….

I have included a few pictures.  A selfie in front of the cathedral, a picture of the sanctuary and altar, and me at the end of the world.In an earlier post, I referred to leaving a stone at the iron cross.  Well,I had one more stone from Chelton Beach, PEI.  I placed it at the 0.00 km marker for the picture and then left it on the Spain Atlantic shore.  Just another attempt of connecting my Camino to my heritage and the maritimes.

And a picture of my travelling companions, my hat, backpack and shoes!  My life the last month and a half.  My hat and backpack will join me again for other journeys.

As for my shoes – thank you.   We have been together since March.  We have travelled well over 1000++++ kms. We have done the miscellaneous of local walking for errands, miles &miles on the Bruce Trail, along the shore of Lake Huron, we have walked The Confederation Bridge (NB to PEI), along the Gulf of the St Lawrence, the Camino and now here in Santiago, your hard miles are done.  You have been with me every step of the way – literally.  I have shouted and pleaded with you for comfort and support. You, I suppose, just wondered what in the world I was doing to you – rocks, uneven surfaces, water, cattle manure… and great glorious sites and holy spaces.

To my shoes, yourserious miles are done, thank you… gracias.

My Camino comes to an end, but not my pilgrimage.  Tomorrow (Monday) I go to Fatima Portugal.  On this the100th anniversary of the apparitions I continue my pilgrimage and prayer intentions.

I look forward to posting from Fatima!

Blessing and Buen Camino from Santiago Spain.

2017-09-10T22:27:47+00:00

About the Author:

Ordained Deacon in 2006 for the Diocese of Hamilton, Canada. Married to Joanne (since 1982). A father, grandfather and a retired business professional.

5 Comments

  1. Karen MacDonald Carey September 10, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Congratulations on completing The Camino. I am sure this has been an amazing journey both physically and spiritually. May God keep you safe for the rest of your travels. Would love to hear your story one day. Travel safe.

  2. Colette September 11, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Thanks be to God the most difficult part of your pilgrimage is over.Enjoy the rest of it, Randy! Where and when do you meet up with Joanne? Mass for your Mom ,Dad and deceased family members at St.Joseph’s in Kelly’s Cross on Saturday,Sept. 16th. Will be thinking of you all. With love

  3. Paul lienhardt September 11, 2017 at 1:20 am

    That’s amazing randy. Good for you!!

  4. Coulter David September 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    What an experience and accomplishment! Wish you well in Portugal.

  5. Mariusz September 12, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Congratulation, Randy amazing experience.
    We miss you at St. Gabriel’s.
    Safe return home.
    Mariusz

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