Last year things started happening that told me God wanted me to do this. We had an exchange person from Spain, and in 2014 we had a chance to go to their home. I was working on an exercise program and found this an inspiration and very motivating. I had heard that a group from San Diego was going after they attended the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.
It was the time.
I knew it was 500 miles if we walked the route in Spain. I knew I wasn’t up for that so I started brainstorming how I could make this work for us. After reading a book from Sister Joyce Rupp, I knew the hostels were not for me. I talked it over with my husband and thought we could do about 10 miles a day, without backpacks. That is what we did, as so many others did, too.
We hired a company to take our luggage from hotel to hotel each day until we reached Santiago. Each morning we were served breakfast the Spanish way — ham, cheese, bread, juice, coffee. We tried to visit a church each day in one of the villages.
If you have any questions or concerns, I would love to share. One word of advice, make it your pilgrimage.
St. Gregory the Great
San Diego, CA 92126