Sister Ann Fearday has been walking the Camino since Easter Sunday, and finally arrived with “tears in my eyes” at Santiago de Compostela on Day 32 of her pilgrimage.
Her happy words:
Today, we walked triumphantly into Santiago with our backpacks. I had tears in my eyes when I saw the spires of the Cathedral. We stood in line at the pilgrim office to receive our “compostela,” the document verifying we had walked the Camino.
I am very proud of this document and will be very happy to show it to you next time I see you.
From the pilgrim office, I went to the bus station to buy my ticket for traveling to Madrid tomorrow. (Travel friend) Cecilia and I found a hostel nearby where we could stay and leave off our backpacks. We then walked to the Cathedral for the noon Mass.
The liturgy was so moving. I liked the use of different languages, the choice of music, the homily, and the respect and reverence of the people.
Behind the altar, we climbed the staircase to embrace the effigy of St. James and view the site of his remains. Hanging out in Santiago with no particular agenda or place we had to be, seemed quite different. We visited a few wonderful museums, enjoyed a meal, and now I’ll go back to the Cathedral for the 7:30 p.m. Mass. In this way, I will bring closure to this once-in-my-lifetime experience.
The fact that today is the anniversary of the canonization of our foundress, St. Maria DeMattias, is more than a coincidence.
I lit a candle for all of you who made this Camino possible and thanked God for my 70 years of life, 50 years as a religious and 40 years as a missionary in Bolivia.
I need time to weave the threads of this experience into my life tapestry, so I will probably write a conclusion or epilogue later. Thus, officially I close my blog tonight. Thanks for accompanying me on this journey.