One of the questions that comes up in my interviews with the EVS volunteers and other pilgrims is, “What is the spirit of the Camino?” Interestingly,
that question doesn’t always translate well out of English, but the intention is to ask what is it that keeps the Camino alive? Why do people coming to walk it, and what do they find here?
Perhaps Saint James says it best himself in James 1:2, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have it’s full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
The spirit of the Camino is suffering.
We overcome the pain, we share in the suffering, and this is how we are made steadfast. This is how 20 kilometer days turn into 30 kilometer days. This is how pain turns into strength, and this is how we are made complete.
James goes on to say in verse 12, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.”
May I be steadfast on my journey. May the miles strengthen my feet, and may I finish strong.