Bill and I are walking our third Camino this fall, this time from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France. The end point, Saint-Jean, is where we began our first Camino and where many pilgrims begin the walk to Santiago.
I invite you to walk with us again.
On this pilgrimage, we also will walk with Al Otro Lado, an organization that is working desperately to protect the family rights of migrants crossing the border from Mexico. These migrants touched our hearts during our second Camino last year in Portugal. While we were walking along carrying ergonomic backpacks, wearing cushioned boots and knowing in just a few more kilometers we would have showers and dinner with wine and a bed to sleep on, we would see pictures on our phones of Central American migrants on their own pilgrimage north: wearing flip flops, carrying children, carrying their belongings in flimsy plastic bags, and not knowing when they would eat or shower or sleep again.
These are the people Al Otro Lado helps. We learned of this organization through NOVA Catholic Community in Arlington, Virginia, where Rebecca Eichler, an immigration attorney, spoke to us. Rebecca moved from Alexandria to Mexico with her family, and she partners with Al Otro Lado in providing legal services along the migration route. Noah, an Arlington high school graduate, also spoke to us. He spent time working with Al Otro Lado, in Tijuana. I recall him telling about how he would play with the children while their parents were receiving legal advice and about how much they touched his heart.
To learn how to donate, go to NOVA Catholic Community’s website: http://www.novacatholic.org. You can also pray and take your own walks – intentionally — with us, with the migrants, with Al Otro Lado.
Saturday October 19: 14 miles to Larreule. Sunny and hot today. AND we can see the Pyrenees now! They are still more than 100 kilometers away but we are excited to see our destination on the horizon! Advertisements
Friday October 18 Faced with starting a 21-mile walk in the rain, we decided to take an available bus to Aire sur l’Adour. What would have taken all day on foot was accomplished in 20 minutes by 9:42 am. So we then walked 12 miles to Miramont-Semsacq. We cheated but it was such a morale… Read more
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