The Word Among Us

January 2023 Issue

The Call of the Camino

I Was Surprised by the Gift of Strangers

By: Charlie Johnson

The Call of the Camino: I Was Surprised by the Gift of Strangers by Charlie Johnson

“The Camino calls you; you don’t call the Camino.” That’s a phrase you hear often when talking to people who have walked the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James. The Camino is a network of trails across Europe that leads to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Northwest Spain. Pilgrims have been walking these trails as a spiritual journey for more than a thousand years, and the Camino is just as popular today as it was in the Middle Ages.

I started to hear the call of the Camino about five years before I stepped foot on the actual trail. I was intrigued by the idea of...


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