The Camino de Santiago holds great fascination for me and I would like to do it. I have reservations about trying it “at my age” though I know that many people who are a lot older than I am have done it. If I could only see past the hostels that most people stay in……
We did a mini camino today called St. Declan’s Walk. When I say “mini” I do mean mini because it is only 3.3 miles long on a peninsula in Southern Ireland. We started out at the Cliff House Hotel which is a luxury place overlooking the water. It was windy, cold and threatening rain, so we decided to fortify ourselves with some hot coffee before going. We had a wonderful waiter from Poland named Ariel, who brought us our coffee and a “jelly” which I think was made of quince. It was lovely. He then mentioned that the chef was preparing something for us in the kitchen and it would be right out. Well finally a little plate of freshly made chocolate short-breads appeared. I guess you don’t just go into a world-class hotel and order coffee! Anyway, we enjoyed the coffee, quince and short-breads and a visit with Ariel; then we headed out for our walk. (Not a very penitential way to begin a pilgrimage, I must admit).
Anyway, in single-file, the three of us headed out on the walk along the cliff, coming to the ruins from the 400s and a well. We prayed the rosary for our family and friends and then the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for our deceased parents, grandparents, ancestors and other loved ones. It was lovely to be able to walk holy ground with our loved ones in the forefront of our minds and hearts. Along the way were ruins of places important in the life of St. Declan and other faithful Christians throughout the centuries, and always the water of the Atlantic to our left. The breeze was cool, the mist in the air invigorating and the temperature kept us moving. We ended our mini camino at the church where a beautiful tower remains standing–testament to the building skills of those 8th century monks who needed a place to find refuge from the Vikings. I feel such a kinship with the Christians of Ireland who have always had a hard time against their detractors.
dear Family and friends, please be assured of our prayers for you during this time.
Till next time….