Friday, 11 October 2013

Ya tienes dos hermanos Roberto

After a quiet afternoon I headed to the Church for Mass. The Franciscan brother was sitting in his place and there was a young man on the mobile! That is the priest said the Friar! I waited while the phone call was finished. The priest greeted me warmly. I am Roberto he said. I have a brother called Roberto I said. Now you have two brothers of that name was his reply! He could not have been more helpful and was thrilled that I spoke Spanish. You can read the Gospel in Spanish, he said, and then I will preach in Spanish and you can preach in English! Before the Mass he warmed the congregation up with some singing. We shared the bidding prayers and the Eucharistic Prayer. Let's go and give the people the Peace , he said! At the end we both went to the door to greet the considerable congregation.
It was a wonderful experience of hospitality and warmth.
After Mass. Simon, Meg (Maureen´s daughter) Pauline, David and Mike all joined up for supper. We had the most enormous steaks you have ever seen and the restauant owner wanted to bring more.
Thankfully we could sleep in today and did not leave O Cebreiro until 8.45. The walk was a gentel stroll through Galician countryside to the village of Triacastela. Now we are only 130 km from Santiago.
Having left the soaring heights of O Cebreiro we wandered through lovely countryside with abundant fruit on the trees. The first full day in Galicia has been magical.


  1. Sunday 13 October
    On this day in 1917 Our Lady appeared to four children at Fatima. The Pope is praying today for world peace before a statue of Our Lady brought to Rome from Fatima. Today is also the Feast Day of St Edward and I am sure that Fr Basil will be strengthened by the prayers of his many supporters from St Edward's School as he makes his final push toward his goal in Santiago on Thursday. Buen Camino!

  2. Congratulations - very nearly there. Please remember Ken and Kitty ( the judge) in your prayers. Ken has been in cheltenham general for over a week and is in a very poor way. Good luck on your last hundred miles. Love and prayers from Mike and Na x

    1. Will definitely pray for them. Now only 40km to go

  3. From now on it is the final countdown with regard to the kilometers and santiago...! Enjoy the last days to santiago, muxia and finisterre!