The Way of St. James has an enduring draw for the modern seeker. Pilgrims have been seeking God, answers, and absolution ever since the relics of St. James were discovered in the early ninth century. Yet, the pilgrimage is decidedly modern. Amidst the busyness of modern life, we have a deep yearning to unplug from the noise of email, news feeds, and social media and to reconnect with ancient practices. We ache to reconnect with God.
My hope is that this prayer book will help you invite God as a companion on your journey. The prayers and Scriptures will rest in your heart and mind as good company in your breathing, sweating, and striving. May you soak in these ancient words as you soak in the sun of northern Spain. As the physical exertion shapes and purifies you, let these prayers do the same. You are in good company.