Yesterday we took a 17.4 mile walk and it was the longest walk I’ve ever done with my pack which weighed 14.86 pounds. Since the rocks didn’t speak to me, my back and legs decided to “weigh” in on this subject. And their decision is… TAKE THE SMALL ONE!
Today we are rock hunting in Zanesville. There’s a farm there that sits on a huge deposit of flint. We thought that for our rocks to take on the Camino it would be good to bring something special from Ohio. There is a tradition that pilgrims bring a rock with them on the Camino. OriginallyContinue reading “ROCKIN’ ON THE CAMINO”
The desert fathers and mothers often used beads to help them focus in their prayer times. This is true across religions. Islam, Catholicism, Buddhism, Greek Orthodox, and more all use prayer beads. I bought myself a rosary (and I’m not catholic) made of olive wood 15 years ago while visiting Norte Dame de Paris withContinue reading “BEADS! THEY’RE NOT JUST FOR JEWELRY”
That’s the line that Shakespeare’s Hamlet says in response to his mother’s quick remarriage after his father’s death. Hamlet, and I suppose Shakespeare are talking about an emotional frailty not her physical stamina. But that line has been dogging (no pun intended and you’ll soon see why I say that) for the last week. LastContinue reading “FRAILTY THY NAME IS WOMAN”
On May 20th I wrote a post about finding an altar of rocks along the path I was walking. Since then a devastating tornado ripped through Dayton leaving my home untouched and the walls of other homes torn apart so you can see into the rooms like a child’s dollhouse. Last Sunday we were takingContinue reading “AN ALTAR UPDATE”
Dear God, This week several tornadoes came through Dayton, Ohio. I slept through them and when I looked out my window I didn’t see any sign of damage. My trash and recycling cans are right where I left them. And yet around the corner tree limbs littered the street and less than two miles awayContinue reading “DEAR GOD”
Luke 10:1-23 tells the story of Jesus sending out the 70. They are to make disciples ( the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few). They are to take nothing, enter a town, bless a household, eat what is given them, heal the sick, and share the message that the Kingdom of God isContinue reading “CARRY NO PURSE, NO BAG, NO SANDALS”
Yesterday on our walk through the Metro Park and dam I was looking at all the rocks along the side of the dam (you might say they are “dam” rocks ;-)). I was also thinking about the Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross) on the Camino. The Cruz de Ferro is an iron cross along theContinue reading “AN ALTAR HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT”