To the Field of Stars: A Pilgrim's Journey to Santiago de Compostela

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802825926
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/15/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 185,665
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin A. Codd is a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Spokane, Washington. From 2001 to 2007 he served as rector-president of The American College of Louvain, Belgium. He recently completed a second pilgrimage from Louvain to Santiago de Compostela.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Field of Stars     ix
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port     3
I've Been to the Mountaintop     10
Peregrino     21
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
Brothers     105
Cures, Crusades, and Dancing Stars     111
Girasoles     116
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
Visitations     197
Our Camino     207
Ai-la-la-le-lo     211
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
Afterword     270

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Excellent book!

    Excellent book! I read it 4 times. Once you start reading you can't put it down. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    Highly Recommended-you should definitely read!

    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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