In 2016, I was humbled to walk the Camino de Santiago and carry with me not only my own prayers, but the prayers of so many others. Walking a pilgrimage, is much like praying the rosary, its repetitive nature becomes a meditation. Each bead, each step, dedicated to a different moment.
As I begin this next pilgrimage, I am reminded of the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Who, while marching to Selma during the Civil Rights Movement, remarked, “Legs are not lips and walking is not kneeling. And yet our legs uttered songs. Even without words, our march was worship. I felt my legs were praying.”
Pope Francis shared during his 2016 declaration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, “Each [pilgrim] brings a special wish in their hearts, a prayer for the redemption of the world”
I know that my legs will be praying. Praying to reach my dedication. Praying as it pounds on our mother Earth for strength. Prayer for guidance for myself and a world in need.
The pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago has been traveled for nearly 2000 years, and my steps will add to that storied journey. As I walk the Camino, I will be continuing that tradition, and with each step plan to carry the prayers and hopes of others.
If you would like for me to carry any prayer requests during my pilgrimage, please submit them below or email them to me. I will keep each prayer request private and confidential. When I begin my travel, I will record each prayer in my journal, so that with each step “my legs will sing your prayers.”
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