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ready
August 16, 2019, 3:35 pm
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One of the unwalked sections of the Cistercian Way beckons.  This year I appear to have enough kit.

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See here for approximate kit list – a few changes – eg gas stove rather than alcohol.  I’m really looking forward to picking up the fourth (I think) part of this extended pilgrimage.  Let me know if you would like me to pray for anything.  Hopefully a visit to St Melangell.

Time to look in details at the maps

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Bless you all.

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memoriam
August 9, 2019, 4:46 pm
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possibility
August 7, 2019, 6:38 pm
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john of the cross: carmel, desire, transformation
August 1, 2019, 10:01 am
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new pilgrim book
July 25, 2019, 11:39 am
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HAPPY SAINT JAMES’ DAY – NEW BOOK LAUNCHED
100% OF PROCEEDS GOING TO PILGRIM CHARITIES
Johnnie Walker writes:
I’m delighted to share news of this new book with you. The publishers asked if I would write this in the style of Joyce Rupp’s “Walk in a Relaxed Manner” which was published 15 years ago. I was delighted to do so and even more pleased when Joyce Rupp agreed to write the Foreword. That delight turned to astonishment when Martin Sheen offered to write the concluding chapter. His words are powerful and beautiful.
I’d like to be absolutely transparent about the finances. The publishers are themselves a social enterprise who have been in business for 60 years. The arrangement I made with them is that there will be no author or contributors’ fees or royalties. In return, they have provided me with 2000 copies free of charge to raise money for pilgrim charities, and to give to Pilgrim Associations to sell for funds. Copies will soon be on their way to the Australian and South African Associations. I’m talking with the Canadian Association and APOC, and a supply of books are theirs if they want them.
Right now the book is on sale from the Camino Society Ireland, who are happy to post world-wide:
The price is 10€ – but remember that means that exactly 10€ goes to helping them help pilgrims.
The book is also available on Kindle – for Kindle purchases the publishers will donate 50% of the sale proceeds to pilgrim charities.


May 6, 2019, 11:51 am
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sowing in concrete

I spent an excellent day last week with estate church colleagues from Southwark Diocese at an event with the brilliant title Sowing in Concrete.

It inspired me to write a parable on the train journey there:

 

The kingdom of God

is like the gardener

who sowed in concrete

 

what looks to be

the least promising

of all the soils

 

yet when the seed grows

it is the strongest

off all the plants

and becomes a tree

where all the people shelter.