The Night Before

Guys, I’m baffled and speechless. I don’t know what to think anymore.

Tomorrow afternoon I leave for my Camino. I will be flying from Toronto to Madrid and taking 3 buses from Madrid to get to St. Jean Pied-de-Port, the traditional starting point of Camino Frances.

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Best. Meal. Ever.

Smiling and handing me a menu, she spoke in rapid fire Spanish as I struggled to identify one word, any word, that might give me a clue as to what she’s saying.

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Run with Me: Mexico City

I never really documented what I see when I run, but then I saw Kim’s way of sharing her experiences and I thought it was the smartest thing to do. A huge thanks to Kim for allowing me to use the concept!

Without further ado, join me for this morning run in Mexico City!

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Celebrating St. Michael at San Miguel del Milagro in Tlaxcala, Mexico

Sheltered from the sun, under the protection hastily put together blue and orange tarps, I pushed ever so slightly to get the person in front of me to move forward. Not only was the air thick with the smell of burning incense, it was also filled with a cacophony of sounds: from vendors yelling out their offerings to the conversations of other pilgrims around me. The scene? I was stuck in the middle of a mob, moving very slowly through the market that lays itself out before the shrine.

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The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe

I’ve been to a number of Marian pilgrimage sites, like Lourdes and Fatima, but nothing captured my interest like Guadalupe did. Historians and theologians have credited the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill for the conversion of the entire Mexico into Catholicism. Newly canonized St. Pope John Paul II declared: “The appearance of Mary to the native Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac in 1531 had a decisive effect on evangelization. Its influence greatly overflows the boundaries of Mexico, spreading throughout the whole continent… The Virgin of Guadalupe is venerated as Queen of all America” To understand this over-the-top claim, we must start at the very beginning.

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