Confessions of a Pilgrim
By Sue Kenney
Available on Amazon
Pilgrims of the past walked to Santiago and then turned around to walk back home again. Modern day pilgrims, including Sue, generally only walked in one direction and then took a train, car or plane back home. This time she decided that she would follow the Galician coast from Portugal into Spain and walk almost 500 kilometers covering both directions of that whole Camino path.
Just weeks prior to leaving for this pilgrimage, she received an email from a native woman. This woman had a dream that involved Sue and she insisted they meet before leaving for the Camino
. They did meet, and the Native woman told Sue that in her dream, she was to give Sue an Eagle Feather; one of the greatest honors of the First Nations people. She instructed Sue to give the Eagle Feather to someone on her journey.
Fraught with problems, Sue's journey initially unfolds with a series of catastrophic events that would send any normal person running back home. We see her confidence weakening in the throes of becoming a humble solo Camino pilgrim, on the road to Santiago once again. All she is left with is the Eagle Feather tucked in a pouch around her waist.
On her journey, she meets a group of young student pilgrims walking together and relates the story of the Sorrow Stones, a centerpiece in her first book. One of the students, a teenager, connects with her emotionally when he imparts the recent death of his mother during the Madrid train bombings, just a few weeks previous. This gives Sue a sense of hope that she is on the right path.
Throughout the journey, she is presented with a series of potential recipients for the coveted Eagle Feather. In a dusty blissful moment, Sue realizes what she must do with the Eagle Feather.
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