Ever since I saw the movie, “The Way” with Martin Sheen, I have been fascinated with the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James. There are actually several different pilgrimage trails called the Way, but they all end at the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The Cathedral is believed to hold the remains of St. James the Great. It can take months to complete the longer journeys. In order to receive the official certificate, you need to finish at least the final 100km. A friend and her husband started on their trip a few weeks ago and I have been following her posts. There were good days and challenging days, some good weather and some rain, easy walks and difficult ones. When they reached the Cathedral of St. James, they attended the Mass for the pilgrims. The cathedral has a giant incense burner that takes several men holding on to a rope to swing it back and forth over the congregation. I remember seeing that in the movie and being in awe. My friend took a video of the celebration. It was beautiful, amazing, and exciting. I felt like I was living vicariously through them and felt blessed.
I Found God today following a friend as she completed the Way of St. James.