While walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, I met other pilgrims who were walking the way for their second, fifth, or even eighth time.
While I was amazed and in awe as I struggled through my first Camino, I also understand now why some people get “hooked on” the Camino.
More than any pain, what stands out from walking 15-20 miles a day, is the time for reflection and a realization of what’s important in life. Everything seems so clear on the Camino.
Fr. Roca, who has impacted the lives of countless pilgrims who journeyed to Chimayó, NM, died on August 4th. Fr. Roca “has come to symbolize, more than any living person, the heart and soul of El Santuario de Chimayó.” (El Santuario website) Many who have completed the pilgrimage to Chimayó, NM have had the great blessing of meeting Fr. Roca and being impacted by his holiness and life of witness. Please keep him and those close to him in your thoughts and prayers.
“I may be a little one, but I like to do big things.” – Fr. Roca (Beloved Priest of Chimayo at Heart of Community)