The great Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain which holds the remains of St. James the Apostle. Since Apostolic times, pilgrims have made pilgrimages to this tomb of the Apostle, one of the 12 Apostles chosen by Jesus. The usual full scale way to make the pilgrimage is to begin in southern France and walk all the way through Spain to the Cathedral on the Mediterranean Sea. There is a pathway all the way lined with chapels, inns, towns, Crosses and Shrines.  Our local pastor made the pilgrimage in 2003 as did President Bush II two daughters who did so in 2004 A.D. 

A pilgrim writes: "I have done three of these pilgrimages now and the first one was from Arles to Santiago and on to Finisterre in 2000 when I was 75 years of age. I never found it to be harsh or grueling. I do admit that it was difficult to maintain good nutritional habits. No problems in France but in northern Spain it isn't easy to avoid getting too much of eggs, potatoes, salt and fats. Fortunately, the walking helps to burn up a lot of calories---the healthy exercise makes up for the unhealthy diet to some extent.

The physical strain of making such a pilgrimage is usually greatly exaggerated, probably because many of the pilgrims are just not used to exercising on a daily basis. The mental strain is a different matter. I found that my lack of language competence and the daily uncertainties of the camino (walkway) were far more stressful than any physical problems." Be sure to have comfortable walking shoes and a few spares as it is a long journey across Galicia to reach Santiago de Compostela.

December 12, 2000, Governor Jeb Bush's wife, Columba made a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico City which is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas. On that most holy day, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the recount must stop in Florida and President Bush II was declared elected President of the United States. 

Who says that Pilgrimages to holy places do not matter??


Tour company which conducts guided tours of the pilgrimage.

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