A few weeks ago, I wrote about buying some of the first supplies for my Camino trip. I still have not picked dates or solidified anything, but have had a few signs that my timing is perfect.
In yesterday’s mail I received the quarterly newsletter from the Congregation of Notre Dame. My first experience with the CND’s was when I did a Spring Break Service Trip in 1996 in Vicksburg, MS. A week working at the Good Shepherd Community Center with Sr. Cathy Molloy made me a lifelong supporter of these women and the work they do. Sr. Cathy now lives in Cameroon and does amazing work on things like the OK Clean Water Project. But prior to her leaving, she introduced me to other CND’s who have enriched my life. I now participate in a yearly retreat run by the CND’s each June in Quononchataug, RI and had the pleasure two summers ago of being a volunteer cook at their retreat house for ten days.
Each season, I look forward to the CND newsletter. I met many CND’s while cooking at the retreat house and have been invited to Golden Jubiliees where I met more of these incredible women. So now when I open up the newsletter, I can see what inspiring things they are now doing. Well, in this Spring’s edition there was a story about the Camino! It turns out Sr. Ona walked the Camino last year. And the best part? She wrote a blog about it! I spent this evening reading every post, and then sent the link on to my mother who, upon reading my blog, wondered recently what other kinds of blogs are out there.
Then, today, I was driving home listening to my Sirius satellite radio. I’m no hard-core Catholic, but there’s a show on the Catholic Channel called Busted Halo that I’ve heard is quite good. However, I’m rarely in the car when it’s on the air (7pm). But tonight, I caught the introduction. And guess what? One of their guests this evening was someone just back from walking the Camino! And not only did this guest write about it, but the group he was with even has some videos on their web site. I have yet to watch these because as I write this post it is nearing my self-set “turn off the computer” time (10pm). But I will watch in the coming days I’m sure:)
I get lots of “signs” about things. Call them whatever you want. Some say coincidence. But I’d rather like to think the universe lets me know when I’m on the right path. It’s so much easier than feeling like I’m on my own:)