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sillydoll

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Camino(s) past & future
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
#1
I loved this persons blog entry for La Faba on 28th May - this is what makes the camino so special.

There was a service for peace in the chapel of the Albergue at 8 pm. ... the service was conducted by a Spanish Franciscan who explained via the hospitalera as interpreter in German and English, that he and a fellow Franciscan looked after 14 villages all on the Camino in this region. After thoughtful reflections, including from each of us (all of much of the same age), he called for five volunteers to come forward for an exercise to show how to make peace. Three German women immediately came forward to sit at the front of the church facing the congregation. The hospitalera gave me a wink to go forward and so did the only other non-German in the congregation, Peter from Kent in the UK.
The priest then produced the Maundy Thursday basin of warm water, a jug and a towel and indicated to Peter, sitting at the end of the row of five, to remove his shoe on one foot. The priest washed it. I expected him to do the same to each of us, as on Maundy Thursday on commemoration of Christ´s action on the Last Supper. Instead he motioned to Peter to do the same to me, sitting next to him. I then did the same to the German woman next to me. As I did so, I looked up at her to give her a smile and saw that she was crying. The whole experience, including the warmest, tightest hugs I have ever received in the exchange of the peace greeting, were extraordinarily memorable. Then there was dinner waiting for me, spaghetti prepared by Gregor from Poland and pancakes made by Alex from Spain. It was the happiest end to a lovely day in the company of special people.


Special, special moments on the camino!

http://peregrinopaul2008.blogspot.com/2 ... stela.html
 

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#2
Hi Sil, :)
Thank you for the report and along the same lines as the blog you reported: the Dominican Sisters in Lascabanes, on the Le Puy route, used to welcome pilgrims but I think the work has become too much for them. However there is a gite next to the church in the village. Each evening a hermit/priest who has made the pilgrimage to Santiago invites pilgrims to Mass, and afterwards, in a spirit of welcome and solidarity, he washes the feet of any pilgrims who wish to take part. It is indeed a moving and humbling experience.
Best wishes,

Brendan
 

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