Coming to the End of the Road

The following is another installment in the series from Fr. Edward Hopkins LC, who is walking “The Camino de Santiago” the pilgrimage through France and Spain to the tomb of St. James in Compostela in northwest Spain. You can follow his blogs on the Regnum Christi New York Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RegnumChristiNY.

Dear family and friends in Christ,

I could not believe it is the last day of our Camino! It is a bitter-sweet kind of thing. Part of me is glad to finish (you know which part that is!) and part of me wishes it would continue. I am really beginning to get into the rhythm of walking and praying... my neck and even my back are hardly bothering me... and we can all use these graces! Read the rest of this entry »


The Obstacles of Daily Life

The following is another installment in the series from Fr. Edward Hopkins LC, about walking “The Camino de Santiago” the pilgrimage through France and Spain to the tomb of St. James in Compostela in northwest Spain. You can follow his blogs on the Regnum Christi New York Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RegnumChristiNY.

Dear friends in Christ,

As in life, I am catching up on our adventure here in Spain. I have kept you all very much part of my steps. There is a tradition here where people leave small stones on top of the mile (kilometer) markers symbolizing the intentions that they carry with them. Well, I have you all in my intentions, my souls... in fact at times I even remember you by name as I stop to stoop down and gather more rocks or to place one on top of the markers. Read the rest of this entry »


The Spirit of Service and Welcome

The following is the third blog in the series from Fr. Edward Hopkins LC, who is walking “The Camino de Santiago” the pilgrimage through France and Spain to the tomb of St. James in Compostela in northwest Spain. You can follow his blogs on the Regnum Christi New York Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RegnumChristiNY.

Dear family and friends in Christ,

Today we leave from the city of "Caldas de Reis" and make our way 18.5 kilometers to Padron. We can use the shorter distance given that we are beginning to feel the effects more. Read the rest of this entry »


Meeting New Friends

The following is the second blog in the series from Fr. Edward Hopkins LC, who is walking “The Camino de Santiago” the pilgrimage through France and Spain to the tomb of St. James in Compostela in northwest Spain. You can follow his blogs on the Regnum Christi New York Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RegnumChristiNY.

Day 2 installment:

Dear friends in Christ,

Sorry, I have gotten behind with a couple really long days. But here is a long summary of our Camino:

We begin our day (2) by a gathering at the local parish church. We prayed together and began our meditation, each one of us walking in silence for at least 15 minutes, usually much more. We didn't come across too many other pilgrims initially except for a young man from Portugal – Andres -- and a younger girl – Elena, in her mid-20s from Italy. They had met in Porto, Portugal, at the start of their journey and agreed to accompany each other. Both of them walked with us most of the day. Read the rest of this entry »


The Way of St. James

The Way of St. James, more commonly called “The Camino”, is a series of pilgrimage routes throughout Europe culminating at the purported tomb of St. James in Compostela in northwest Spain. Although it is internationally well known, the pilgrimage was most recently popularized by the movie The Way, starring Martin Sheen and one of his sons, Emilio Estevez.

You can find out more information about the Camino on the Internet. Here are a few links:

http://www.santiago-compostela.net/

http://www.csj.org.uk/

Some of our own Legionary priests have taken, or are currently taking, this pilgrimage, including Fr. Jose Felix Ortega LC and Fr. Edward Hopkins LC. Fr. Edward has been sharing Read the rest of this entry »


Life is killing me

I know this will sound a bit morbid, but I have been thinking about death of late.

No, I have not had a discouraging trip to the doctor, nor am I steeped in a death-contemplating depression. Quite to the contrary, I have a wonderful family, fulfilling career, sufficient resources to meet my material needs and the fishing has been good this summer.

So…why do I think about earthly demise? Because it is such a natural part of life, and things have been happening around me. Read the rest of this entry »


Carmel

Entrance to the Carmelite monastery of Piacenza, Italy. The plaque reads: "God gives His whole self to those who leave everything out of love for Him"

A few years back I was traveling around northern Italy with another seminarian and we stopped to visit the Carmelite nuns in the town of Piacenza. They have a rather small and simple convent in the farmland outside town. At the time, Pope Benedict was in Brazil, taking part in World Youth Day.

Twelve or thirteen of the sisters welcomed us and we exchanged stories. I told the sisters about life in the seminary, studies, living in Rome near the Pope, and our recent vacation time. Then Mother Superior spoke about how the sisters had gone on “vacation”. Read the rest of this entry »


Matthew 13- The Parable of the Sower

Reading through last Sunday’s gospel, this line jumped out at me.

“The seed that fell on good soil produced a hundredfold…”

What struck me most was the qualifier “that”: “the seed THAT fell on good soil.”

What? Jesus, you go around sowing on soil that’s thorny, rocky, or a beaten path too? Why? That doesn’t’ seem practical; it doesn’t seem like is the best investment of your time and energy. Read the rest of this entry »


Keeping It Real: The Adventure-Love Story of Prayer

What is prayer? Some would say ‘meditation’, some ‘speaking to God’. One side might emphasize talking, another, listening and receptivity. One could point out praise, and one could describe petition. All of these are correct, but only in the context that they are pieces of a bigger puzzle. Because, in the end, prayer is a relationship. And even more than that, prayer is a love story.

What constitutes a “love story?” Well, it also involves a relationship, an intimate one, between two people. There are secret notes exchanged, and silent gazes which only the two lovers recognize and understand. But in addition, what typical love story would be complete without a few…unexpected adventures. Mishaps. Bloopers. We’ve all seen a chick flick (I think) where, just as the two lovers are about to embrace, the boat flips over, ice cream drops in someone’s lap, or the cell phone rings. And everyone watching in the theater groans because the perfect moment has been broken. Read the rest of this entry »


The Value of the Cross

“However much we do to avoid them, we shall never lack crosses in this life if we are in the ranks of the Crucified.” (St. Teresa of Avila)

The cross should be seen more as an opportunity and a gift rather than a useless burden. This gift of the cross allows us to grow in love and show our preferential love to Jesus. A migraine headache, a flat tire, a broken shoe lace, burnt popcorn, bad weather, a difficult in-law, a negative turn in the stock market or housing market, bad traffic…big and small, these are all wonderful opportunities that God gives us to “offer it up” for someone we love. God is touched by our generosity in the midst of real pain and he will shower abundant blessing on those souls to whom we are offering up our sacrifice.

 

 



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