Saturday, June 7, 2014

Arriving in Santiago...

After a little over 300 kilometers of walking we arrived to Santiago. And we were privileged to have a stellar closure to our pilgrimage as Fr. Manuele, the chaplain of our group, offered Mass at the altar attached to the back part of the tomb of Holy Apostle Saint James. Being in such proximity to a holy place like the tomb of one of Our Lord's apostles, who not only witnessed to Christ's Transfiguration and agony in Gethsemane but who also witnessed to the truth of the Gospel by his missionary zeal and martyrdom, inspires in us the desire to be faithful disciples of Christ in the 21st century. 

Throughout the journey the Good Lord and Our Blessed Mother did not leave us alone and unaided, all our needs were taken care of. Jesus had sent his disciples ahead to find a place to celebrate the Passover, but in our case what we experienced is that it was Jesus and Mary who were always ahead of us preparing the hearts of the people we were going to meet, who would only later be able to act on Christian charity and provide food and shelter for us - the little ones. 

Thank you for all your prayers; through prayer we continue to remain united,

Bernardo and the Clowns of God

Saint James: pray for us!

Almighty ever-living God, who consecrated the first fruits of your Apostles by the blood of Saint James, grant, we pray, that your Church may be strengthened by his confession of faith and constantly sustained by his protection.