Monday, October 19, 2009
Our relaxing day in Leon ended with night pray with the Benedictine Sisters who were hosting us in their albergue. Around 9:30 one nun came over to the albergue to invite us to pray. She even told a group of young pilgrims sitting in the courtyard singing Beatles songs that it was time for pray. And, they followed. We were given compline books in our own language with the Spanish translation on the opposite page and instructed that the singing and chanting would go back and forth with the nuns doing part and then the pilgrims doing part. It was very beautiful.
After a good night sleep (for me at least) it was back on the trail - spending an hour or so winding through Leon until we were back in the countryside. Walking with good friends was a delight and the whole day (a fairly short to medium 24Km went very fast. As we were sitting on the road side eating our lunch, the young German who had been playing guitar the night before walked past us playing his guitar and singing Dylan. We wrongly assumed that he spoke English because his Dylan English was so good.
FYI, I offered one of the walking days last week for the Cause of Stanley Rother and priest from the OKC archdiocese who was martyred in Central America in 1981. I offered today for all those suffering financial worries, especially in this time of crisis.