Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Popes in Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela has been a place of pilgrimage for many … including Pope John Paul II who traveled there in 1982 and 1989. Pope Benedict XVI will visit this coming November in honor of the Saint James Holy Year.

I doubt John Paul II worked in a side trip to go surfing at the nearby coast during his pilgrimage… but as I think about it, he probably would have if he could have. He was a great athelete in his younger years. He loved to ski and swim … I bet he would have loved to try surfing too.

Teach us, Saint James, friend of Our Lord,
the WAY which leads to Him.
Open us, preacher of the lands of Spain,
to the TRUTH you learned from the Master’s lips.
Give us, witness of the Gospel,
the strength always to love the LIFE.

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