Pilgrimage to the
Lands of Dominic - 1985
By: Barbara Cooper
After breakfast at 9:30 we all got on our bus (which stayed
with us for the whole journey) and headed for Osma. In the Church where
Dominic served as a Canon, we saw his place in the choir. Some of us got
to sit in his chair before the guard caught us!
Being at Osma,
I thought of the parrallel of our ten years of monastic life preparing
for the "mission". I still don't know what my
mission is - other than to live for God in Christ. But maybe that's all
Dominic knew moment to moment.
Dominic feel about this part of his life? Certainly, like myself, a
sense of gratitude for the training in prayer. But once he left that
period, did he grow as I am, deeper, more incarnational, in that life of
prayer? Does it confirm what Steven says: "preaching forms the
At noon, we
return to Caleruega, celebrated Eucharist and dinner/siesta. At 4 p.m.
we are off to the Benedictine Monastery at Silos (San Domingo de Silos);
and then back to Caleruega and the parish church there. We are learning
a little of what it means to be a pilgrim! Our journies back and forth
are considered a part of the learning.
At 8 p.m. we
gather for discussion and a lecture. I don't have any notes of this
lecture so jet lag and an upside-down schedule must have caught up to
creating a "tradition" of spending each evening at "La Plaza"! Getting
to know all the local people.
Road into Caleruega
prior at Caleruega, and Michael
"RB" - in the
image of Dominic!