From Grief to Peace through Walking the Camino de Santiago
Sometimes the best cure for a wounded soul is a really long walk . . .
One June morning, Fr. Brendan McManus stepped out for a much-needed walk—to be exact, a 500-mile hike on Spain's renowned Camino de Santiago. A few years earlier, his brother had committed suicide, and the tragedy left Brendan physically, psychologically, and spiritually wounded. Something radical was required to rekindle his passion for life and renew his faith in God.
Redemption Road is the story of a broken man putting one foot in front of the other as he attempts to let go of the anger, guilt, and sorrow that have been weighing him down. But the road to healing is fraught with peril: steep hills and intense heat, wrong turns and blistered feet. Worse still, a nagging leg injury could thwart Brendan's ultimate goal of reaching the Camino's end and honoring his brother in a symbolic act at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Constantly tempted to quit his quest, Brendan relies on the principles of Ignatian spirituality to guide him on his journey from desolation to consolation.
For anyone going through the process of grieving, Redemption Road offers real hope—not that the path to peace will be easy, but that Christ, who himself suffered and died, will be with us every step of the way and lead us at last to wholeness and healing.
Ratings & Reviews
The end was always in sight – the journey difficult but redeeming. A spiritual pilgrimage
by A fellow pilgrim on the Camino
There were four camino routes for Brendan McManus: Camino del Norte, Primitivo, and Frances. But the most important was his personal spiritual journey. He describes the journey very visual and real -- I can say that having done a portion of the camino myself. The aches, the pains, the pilgrims, the weather are all felt throughout the pilgrimage. The Camino takes you Not you the Camino. well worth the read