Sore muscles, happy heart
Brendan McManus SJ completed the 800 km Camino de Santiago on foot this summer in honour of his brother Donal (RIP), and raised almost €5000 for the suicide awareness group, Console. He was plagued by the normal sore muscles and blisters during the 40-day marathon, but, as he puts it, “it was the scenery and the people that stood out for me; the hospitality would restore your faith in humanity and providence”. Brendan was delighted to bump into Donal Godfrey SJ in Santiago, and they both travelled to Finisterre (meaning “the end of the world”), which Brendan says “was a ritual of completion and closure, one of the most powerful experiences of healing”. To find out what this was, see Brendan’s blog from his bunk! To see the photos and videos of the walk, click here.