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Distant Bells on the Feast Of St James

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I wrote these thoughts last year, but for me they are timeless. ...

Soon it will be July 25, the Feast of St James. Multitudes will convene and celebrate this historic Catholic event in Santiago de Compostela.

Government officials, church dignitaries, ordinary citizens, and, of course, thousands of actual pilgrims will be present. They will assemble to actively participate in age-old ecclesiastic pageantry and tradition. Imagine if they could be magically joined by all past pilgrims. Such a super-giant throng of celebrants would stretch back one thousand years!

Whatever our ethnicity or beliefs, all pilgrims who have walked the Camino share common bonds. All surely remember their personal thrill on arriving at last at the great cathedral, touching the hallowed stones, weeping with joy, and giving thanks as the great bells tolled.

At home in France I shall, as always, also remember and listen for those far-distant, celebratory bells.


Margaret Meredith


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Hola Margaret
A lovely post.
Buen Camino


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So sad that it is not going to happen this year. We will be celebrating St James' Feast day in Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa on Sunday and will start by spending time thinking of all those who died or were injured in this terrible tragedy.

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