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Time for Reflection
In that same location, on Sept 11, 2014 me and my companion (A brother deacon) paused our walking to celebrate a remembrance service for the victims of 9/11, by reciting Morning Prayer. We were joined by a couple of Catholic students from Virginia, 1 Methodist peregrino from Iowa, one non-denominational pastor from the UK and one agnostic from Germany. Such precious moments are experienced in the Camino. Lovely picture.

"Viva Cristo Rey!!"
"Ya Rabbi Yasou!!"
DHS
 
I left alot there that morning and my emotional backpack was lightened considerably. Said goodbye to grudges and debts that should have been given up years ago.
That process and cathartic event made the Camino well worth the effort and I am deeply indebted to the German priest that said vespers the night before that suggested my actions.
I may slip and have more recent regrets in my life but that day a new beginning was started and a lighter pack was shouldered. Not afraid to say that day I cried at the emotion.
 
I left three pebbles there and made a prayer over each for the special person they represented. It's nice that the pebbles are still there and the prayers continue.
 
I also left 3 small stones and asked pilgrim if he could take picture of me at Cruz but battery failed pilgrim said he would take picture n email it to me it I realised it's not about picture but the memory and thanked him as it really started to rain
 
My wife and I returned there in May. Like all things Camino, the crowds are diminishing the experience.
 
In 2015, I was very moved when I stopped in front of the iron cross. Unforgettable.
 
I was on a mission to make Cruz de Ferro and felt like it was one of my strongest hiking days...going from Astorga to Foncebadon...on to Cruz de Ferro and eventually ending my day at El Acebo. It was my second favorite day after the first day from Saint Jean to Roncevalles. Luckily for me, it was 2:30 in the afternoon and I had the place all to myself, on July 10th of all days
 

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