February 12, 2004

Getting Your Bearings

If we say that the Camino is an inner road, it is a good idea to get some guidance that may help you experience the Camino from this perspective and may help you prepare for the pilgrimage.

These books may be of help:

Meditations of a Pilgrim

By Vicente Malabia. Ediciones Narcea. This is a collection of reflections of a pilgrim in different moments during his pilgrimage. It is very well written and offers many insights to better understand the Camino from the perspective mentioned earlier.
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The Camino de Santiago: A Pilgrim’s Notebook

By Jose Maria Alvear. Ediciones PPC. It has very good practical advice on preparing for the pilgrimage, some basic maps, and a list of refuges like any Camino guidebook. But it has much more. It is an authentic inner guidebook for pilgrims and contains many brief passages (including remarks by pilgrims) to help pilgrims understand the meaning of the Camino and the pilgrimage itself. It also has activities that can be done all along the Camino either individually or in a group to help with the inner processes that the pilgrim experiences.

Praying During the Camino de Santiago

Various authors. Ediciones Monte Carmelo. Very well edited with many photographs and suggestions for prayer at many places and times along the Camino. There is a very interesting section with advice on how to experience the Camino from a Christian perspective and a very good historical introduction.

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