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Responding to Death: Words about the Dead and Hopes for the Dead

I do not want to appear morbid; however, I am sometimes intrigued by cemeteries. Those cemeteries often show how individuals respond to death. The way individuals are remembered by words and decorations on tombs or on plaques in churches can convey powerful sentiments. The very location of cemeteries may also say something about the hopes … Continue reading Responding to Death: Words about the Dead and Hopes for the Dead

Wondering about Justice while Walking the Camino

My sabbatical is about moral responsibility. While walking the Camino, I think about numerous traits related to the morally responsible person, simplicity, perseverance, hospitality all connect to being responsible. Yet, I find that it is somewhat difficult, but not impossible, to thinking about justice and a just person while on the Camino. One experience relevant … Continue reading Wondering about Justice while Walking the Camino

“He’ll Regret It” and “I Need to Find Myself”- Romance and Romanticism on the Camino



“He’ll Regret It” and “I Need to Find Myself” are words that I heard on the Camino. “He’ll Regret It” captures the occasions of romance on the Camino. “I Need to Find Myself” refers to the romanticism I encountered. During my month on the Camino, I heard both stories about romance and stories exhibiting a … Continue reading “He’ll Regret It” and “I Need to Find Myself”- Romance and Romanticism on the Camino



Graffiti and Street Art Along the Camino

Centuries ago along Spain’s Camino, there were physical reminders of the Christian perspectives. A peregrino would walk past churches and cathedrals, stone crucifixes marking crossroads or town squares, past nuns, monks, priests, and knights of the Order of Santiago. All of these visual reminders reinforced Christian religious perspectives that motivated the peregrino and that provided … Continue reading Graffiti and Street Art Along the Camino

“Always Go Forward” or “Go Back:” Common Sense on the Camino

I know that sometimes the temperature might be in the 90’s. I know that there are albergues which have bunkbeds for 160 peregrinos, but only in two or three rooms. I know that the next albergue, or even the next hostel, pension, or hotel, might be 6 miles. I can usually find sufficient information; however, … Continue reading “Always Go Forward” or “Go Back:” Common Sense on the Camino