Saturday, March 6, 2021

El Camino - The Way #18

September 1, 2013 - 6 days into our Camino experience - time to cry - uncle - my blister is getting the best of me - time to take a break and give my foot a rest from the daily trekking.  Burgos, Spain is a good sized city where we stopped a few days to see if I could a handle on my blister.  It was a big enough city that we could use the time to discover what Burgos had for visitors. Lord - we come before you seeking time to rest - time to heal - very appropriate even this Lent. 

Not Too Shabby Waiting Area in the Community Hostel 

Here we met a few pilgrims - one lady who had traveled from Montana - against her doctor's advice - already scheduled for knee surgery.  Here waiting for a bus to help return her home - wishing she had listened to her doctor.  Any pilgrimage - best to take seriously any - all advice. 

Welcome to Burgos 

We also met an older couple in their 80s who were biking the Camino with battery powered bikes - the one had a defective battery - had taken the bus here waiting for a replacement battery from Sweden their home bike dealer.  Very friendly pilgrims.  Inspired by their age and energy - positive attitude.  Often in Lent when we feel like we are failing - need to seek those who can encourage us to continue. 

The entrance gate towards the Cathedral at Burgos 

Walking through the gate - the first view of the Burgos Cathedral - very impressive - little did we know that we would return here 4 years later in 2017 while leading a pilgrimage to Fatima - Lourdes.  Was privileged to preach here during Holy Mass - adding to my list of giving a homily at an international church - a special blessing. 

Burgos Cathedral

One of many side altars

Besides all the altars and other religious artifacts -  dozens of paintings.  One special one - Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (c. 1040 – 1099), better known as El Cid - a Castilian nobleman and undefeated military leader in medieval Spain - during the golden age of the Templars.

El Cid 

Outside the Cathedral area - a large garden area to walk - wander - sit and talk - pray - reflect - rest your sore feet.  We visited this area a number of times while in Burgos - minutes away from our hostel. 

Burgos garden area near the Cathedral 

Very near a running stream - very peaceful - very prayerful.  In Lent special blessings when a restful place is discovered - helps to make prayer time special.

Deacon Dale