The SectionsThe book is broken into three sections. The first section provides a background about Ignatius and lessons we can learn from him about the Camino. The second section is composed of several essays from past pilgrims who have been on the Ignatian Way and what they got out of it. The third section is a daily prayer guide for walking the Camino. I will be focusing on the second and third sections. On reading the various accounts in the second section, several themes kept emerging: freedom; healing; surrender; God being at the pilgrims’ sides; appreciation; becoming aware of God’s love; having no control of one’s circumstances; discoveries; and coming to the Camino with wounds to heal. The contributors came from all walks of life, laity and religious alike. Most came with expectations of what they wanted from the Camino but left with something entirely different and positive about what they learned about themselves and God. They stressed that God may show you another way to look at life. The third section was exactly what I was looking for: a day-to-day exercise on what to reflect upon throughout the pilgrimage. Each day contains a theme, a grace and reflection, and a scriptural reading to ponder throughout the day. You can tailor the exercise to the number of days you will be on the road. (The entire pilgrimage lasts approximately 28 days.) As hoped for by the authors, I could see this book being used as a personal pilgrimage at any time, whether on the Camino in Spain or not.
ImpressionsThis book is not a guidebook on the Camino’s route and how to prepare for it. It is a spiritual guide. If you are looking for a guidebook, please refer to Iriberri and Lowney’s Guide to the Camino Ignaciano. On the Ignatian Way answered my question on how to do the pilgrimage. In addition, it also taught me to leave preconceived expectations aside, as best as possible, and let God show me the way. I believe this book may help you on your own personal lifetime pilgrimage whether you travel to Spain and walk in Ignatius’ footsteps or remain at home. It will definitely be stuffed in my backpack.
Copyright 2018 Michael T Carrillo
About the Author
Michael Carrillo is a retired police officer from a large California metropolitan police department. He is married to Vicki and they have five adult children between them. He is an unabashed fan of Jesuit education, though he regrets not obtaining one himself. Day hikes and walks give him opportunities and inspirations to look for and find God.