Route: Castrojeriz – Boadilla del Camino
Distance: 19,5 km (Total: 296 km)
I experienced some setback during today’s journey. The blister I developed yesterday was far from healing. Besides, I did not sleep well last night. Dealing with extremely slow internet and low temperature at the albergue as well as higher than usual wine consumption apparently took its toll. On top of it Juan was coughing all night long. It sounds like bronchitis. Since he was not feeling well he decided to spend another night in Castrojeriz.
Putting my right boot on this morning I knew it would be hard to walk for me today. To add to the challenge some 2 km from the departure point there was a pretty steep climb that decimates many a pilgrim especially during the summer. There have been some fatal cases as well.
While walking I worried not to develop a new blister under the one I already had. To alleviate the situation I started putting much more weight on my left leg. After about 10 km of such an unbalanced trek I made a pitstop after which I started to feel an acute pain under my left knee. As they say: out of the frying pan into the fire.
I felt I needed to slown down today. I also stopped being surprised that it was today that I was to say the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Since it was Friday during the Lent I also added going over the Stations of the Cross to my daily routine. I guess my little nuisance could only distantly relate to His great suffering during the Via Crucis.
Luckily there is hope that tomorrow I am going to feel a bit better.
Meditation XI. Power works best in weakness.
Each time he said, „My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong
2 Cor 12, 9-11
Feeling an acute pain during the walk today I contemplated on the following words: My power works best in weakness. Why is it so? Why do I need to suffer to become stronger? And it is not just about physical strength.
I sometimes wonder where do the people, who are afflicted with serious diseases such as cancer, especially children, get their strength from? In those moments of great weakness they seem to obtain some special new force to deal with their predicament.
Once a man reaches a point beyond which we can do nothing on our own I guess we can humbly then turn into His hands. There is a chance then that God’s Grace will fall on us that otherwise we might not have to our disposal.
What a great paradox?! Power in weakness …