Rabanal is truely one of our favorites. Less than 2 hours walk from Cruz de Fero, nestled in the hills above the great plains of Spain, and with prayers chanted in Latin every evening. The scripture for the service was Romans 8:1-2; There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus....Read in 4 languages so that everyone present could hear in their own tongue.
This blog is primarily a travel journal of our Camino, but the Cruz de Fero is a very spiritual place. Thousands of pilgrims have placed stones at the base of this cross, which represents the cross of Jesus. The scripture from the night before repeated in my head as we approached the cross. As is our tradition now, we stood nearby and sang the old hymn "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross". And while we ate a snack, I thought about the words of Paul, and what has become my core belief about God: If we want to know what God is like, we must look at Jesus. It is impossible for us to imagine what the Divine is like without contemplating the life of Jesus. He was Immanuel, God with us. Each time he encountered people who felt unloved, he loved them. He refused to retaliate toward the violence he suffered, to the point of pronouncing forgiveness on all mankind as some of his final words.
So we continue our Camino with the large numbers of folks from all over the world. The evening in Rabanal was great, and the decent into Acebo was steep and rocky. Acebo is a 'city set on a hill', you might even say a mountain. Even though it is well below the top, the slopes still drop off quickly to the west.
The forecast is as unreliable here as it is anywhere. The rain continues. Temperatures in the 50s.
Quote from RA's journal: "Today the Camino Frances feels more like a pilgrimage, the Via de la Plata felt more like a hike."