So, today we made our way from Madrid to Zaragoza, Spain where we stopped into the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de Pilar. St. James as he was making his way west was getting tired and disheartened. Our Blessed Mother appeared to him on top of a pillar (which you can reverence today) to encourage him on his mission. After this visit and a lunch we hit the road again, this time to Roncesvalles, Spain near the border with France. Our hotel is an old Monastery and is right next door to the Abbey Church that was built in the 13th Century. We were blessed to celebrate the pilgrims Mass there. Tomorrow we head to St. Jean-Pied-de-Port, France to begin our actual walking of the Camino de Santiago. The route we take depends heavily on the weather. If you have seen the movie, The Way, you will realize that this is where the story begins with Daniel's death. Don't worry, we will listen to the weather reports. The journey is largely up hill, so prayers would definitely be appreciated!
All in our group seem excited. I must admit, intellectually I know that this is going to be difficult and at times (I am sure more frequently than I would expect) it is going to be painful. However, I have a sense of great joy and anticipation. I am beginning to wonder if my poor legs don't fully understand the gravity of the situation! That being said, it is after 10:00, breakfast is at 7:00 and we have a long walk tomorrow. Please continue to pray for us as we carry you in our prayers on the Camino tomorrow!