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Pilgrimage: Finisterre Day

Pilgrimage: Finisterre Day

by Steven Cunningham on June 28, 2018

2018 J2A Pilgrimage: Finisterre Day

Today, the first post-Camino day of our journey, the first day as it were of the Ultreia portion (see the post for walking day #5), we spent in Finisterre, a municipality in the province of A Coruña, in the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain. We took a two-hour bus ride to Finisterre, stopping at a beautiful waterfall on the way.

Not exactly coincidentally, Finisterre means “end of the earth,” a place likely thought by pilgrims of centuries long gone to be literally the end, not just the end of the Camino, but the literally the end of the earth, hence the name. Certainly it is the end of our journey “to“ and is the beginning of our journey “fro,“ ie, the beginning of our return home.

In our reflection group, we talked about what we would like to bring back home with us in our lives, to name at least one thing that we would like to incorporate into our new way of life postpilgrimage. Some of those things named by the youth included a stronger faith in God, a renewed commitment to loving each other, an open mind, a commitment to doing more small acts of kindness, persistence, a more positive attitude.

We discussed our transition now beginning, from being on pilgrimage to going home. Like with most pilgrims returning home after such an intense experience, we recognize that as the likely large amount of processing that will happen can’t be rushed, but rather should be allowed to develop gradually, at its own pace, frustrating as that may be for the receiving loved ones among us who are dying to hear all the details.

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