Congratulations to Br. Andy Gancarczyk, SCJ, who made it to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela last Thursday, finishing a full walk of the Camino.
“It was 35 days of walking along the French route, from Saint Jean Pied de Port, crossing all of Spain, 800 km in the legs and 12 kg on the back every day,” wrote Br. Andy. “It was a long time of solitude, hardship and overcoming one’s own weaknesses, in heat, in rain, with or without a bottle of water, overcoming steep ascents and shaking about your knees in long descents. There were familiar faces, smiles, greetings, coffee, a cigarette, a moment of breath and you were back on your way. The real miracles you experience allow you to forget about blisters, swelling, knee pain and back pain, which are completely unimportant.
“This surrender and trust guarantee the experience of happiness – just like that.
“It was a good time for prayer and reflection, and I found a lot of strength and peace. Now it is time to come back home for a while with more dreams and goals in my head.
“I recommend it to everyone!”
Let the Priests of the Sacred Heart pray for your loved ones and intentions.