The Way Is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago

Erasmus, writing in the early 16th century, provided a scathing critique of the waning, often abusive practice of Christian pilgrimage in his day. Never theless, he wrote: “If any shall do it of their own free choice from a great affection to piety, I think they deserve to be left to their own freedom.” The pilgrimage of Arthur Boers to Santiago de Compostela provides an account of Christian pilgrimage that Erasmus would surely have affirmed. The Way Is Made by Walking is an extended reflection on this embodiment of pilgrimage—a 30-day, 500-mile walk in northern Spain along the Camino de Santiago. For centuries, the Camino (Spanish for “journey” or “road”) has been a well-traveled path for pilgrims.

 

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