I begin this blog just about three months from the day I hope to walk out the big green door of The American College in Louvain. I am both excited and a bit afraid. I know the pilgrimage experience is an extraordinary one for body, soul and heart since I've done it once already, but the one I am close to beginning will be so very different in so many ways: three times as long, crossing French-speaking Europe for at least two months and I speak hardly any French, many fewer pilgrim hostels along the way...
This will be an exercise in trust mostly: trust in the kindness of strangers and trust in a God who seems to have a special place in his heart for pilgrims through the centuries, and trust in Santiago, an old friend now, who beckens me to come back for another visit to his place.
There is so much to do! Maps to figure out, a few things yet to buy for the road (plain old soap for body and clothes!), pack up my present life here in Louvain into boxes and ship it all back to the States before I leave, take care of more farewells than I can even imagine...
I am also anxious to get going...adventures await, and quiet, and prayer, and pondering, and learning...
It has taken three tries and nine years, but as of July 2012, I have finally walked the entire Way of Compostela from my former home in Leuven/Louvain, Belgium, to Santiago de Composela!
My contact e-mail remains the same: firstname.lastname@example.org; I am always happy to receive mail!
Grace and peace to you all!
Friday, March 23, 2007