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"Pilgrimage" is a strange notion to our modern, practical minds. How many of us have walked to a distant holy place in order to draw nearer to God? Yet the pilgrimage experience is growing these days in various parts of the world.
Seeking to take stock of his life, Kevin Codd set out in July 2003 on a pilgrimage that would profoundly change his life. To the Field of Stars tells the fascinating story of his unusual spiritual and physical journey on foot across Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the traditional burial place of the apostle James the Greater. Each brief chapter chronicling Codd's thirty-five-day trek is dedicated to one or two days on the road. Codd shares tales of other pilgrims, his own changes of perspective, and his challenges and triumphs along the way - all told with a disarming candor.
Seen through the eyes of a Catholic priest who honors the religious worldview that originally gave rise to these medieval odysseys, "pilgrimage" comes to life and takes on new meaning in these pages.
About the Author:
Kevin A. Codd is a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Spokane, Washington
Introduction: The Field of Stars ix
I've Been to the Mountaintop 10
Poor Fermin 30
Pilgrim Paella 37
Hospitality Is Everything 51
The Eighth Day 59
Life Measured in Feet 67
First Tears 74
In the Spiritual Heart of the Camino 79
On Sin and Suffering 86
Paella Redux 91
A Vision of Light 100
Cures, Crusades, and Dancing Stars 111
A Good Shepherd 123
Slow Moe 135
The Children of Bethlehem 143
The Children of Bethlehem: An Alternate View 149
Sandals Lost and Family Found 155
El Santisimo 161
Matamoros or Peregino? 168
My Own Damn Fault 174
Shock and Awe 181
Cross and a Conscience 188
Our Camino 207
Planning Our Attack 220
Under the Oak Trees 226
Seventy-Five Verses for Seventy-Five Kilometers 233
So Close Yet So Far Yet So Close 240
A Rest and Then the Rest 247
And the Stars Dance 251
"And the Pilgrim from America..." 261
Conclusion: The Field of Stars 268
Posted April 21, 2012
Posted February 14, 2014
I felt as though I was taking the journey with Kevin. Is writing was so real and down to Earth. His journey took on its own life. For those thinking about walking the Camino I would definitely read Kevin's book.
It is very visual without the use of photos. I'm hooked can't wait till I take my own journey.
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