“A highlight of my pilgrimage was reaching a place known as Cruz de Ferro, or ‘Iron Cross’…At its base, a rocky mound (now a fair climb up) has been forming over the years. The tradition is to lay a stone, brought from the place of the pilgrim’s origin, at the top of the mound, so I placed a Kiwi stone given to me by my brother just before he died in 2001,” says The Rev’d Pauline Harley on her intertwined Cursillo and Camino journey.
“Like the military manoeuvre that shares the same name, many feel the need to draw back in order to seek clarity and experience God’s presence in solitude. Maybe some go on retreat in the hope that communication with the ‘commander-in-chief’ will be re-established,” says The Rev’d Nicholas Whereat
“But in this moment, as I sat down to pray, I was neither a Protestant nor Roman Catholic, but a daughter coming before her Father with burdens too heavy to bear, desiring the comforting embrace of her mom, who was over 5,000 miles, a seven-hour time difference, and 26 more days of silence away,” reflects a former Community of St Anselm member on her unexpected encounter with Mary during a recent silent retreat