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Praying on the Camino de Santiago

There will be lots and lots of time to pray as I walk the Camino de Santiago very soon. I will be praying for my friends and family, for animals and the earth, and for goodness and peace. During my honeymoon many years ago, Dave and I went from church to church in San Francisco, meeting many wonderful people including a monk who work a habit and sandals and who said “Praise God” with every other sentence. He glowed with peace and love.

While vacationing in Istanbul some years ago I was surprised to see many people – primarily men – clutching prayer beads which they would use throughout the day. As my husband, daughter, and I waited outside a mosque in Konya, Turkey, a woman sitting next to me gave me a gift of a string of prayer beads. She didn’t know me and we did not share a common language, but she knew the spirit of generosity and I am always touched when I think of her gift.

Here are some of my favorite prayers which I will be reciting on my walk. Share yours in the comments below, or request that I hold a special need or desire in prayer for you. I have been trained as a prayer chaplain and have prayed with many people – it is an honor and a gift to do so.

Metta – Prayer of Lovingkindness

May I be safe
May I be happy
May I be healthy
May I live with ease

May you be safe
May you be happy
May you be healthy
May you live with ease

May my enemy be safe
May my enemy be happy
May my enemy be healthy
May my enemy live with ease

May all beings be safe
May all beings be happy
May all beings be healthy
May all beings live with ease




God be with thee in every pass, Jesus be with thee on every hill
Spirit be with thee on every stream, headland and ridge and lawn;
Each sea and land, each moor and meadow,
Each lying down, each rising up,
In the trough of the waves, on the crest of the billows,
Each step of the journey thou goest.
Carmina Gadelica


Psalm 23 King James Version

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


Be thou a bright flame before me,
Be thou a guiding star above me,
Be thou a smooth path below me,
Be thou a kindly shepherd behind me,
Today, tonight and forever.
St Columba


God to enfold me, God to surround me,
God in my speaking, God in my thinking,
God in my sleeping, God in my waking,
God in my watching, God in my hoping,
God in my life, God in my lips,
God in my soul, God in my heart,
God in my suffering, God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in my eternity.
Carmina Gadelica


There is no plant in the ground
But is full of His virtue
There is no form in the strand
But is full of His blessing.
Jesu! Jesu! Jesu!
Jesu! meet it were to praise Him.

There is no life in the sea,
There is no creature in the river,
There is naught in the firmament,
But proclaims His goodness.
Jesu! Jesu! Jesu!
Jesu! meet it were to praise Him.

There is no bird in the wing,
There is no star in the sky,
There is nothing beneath the sun,
But proclaims His goodness.
Jesu! Jesu! Jesu!
Jesu! meet it were to praise Him.
Carmina Gadelica


The Prayer for Protection

The light of God surrounds you,
The love of God enfolds you,
The power of God protects you,
The presence of God watches over you,
Where you are, God is
And all is well.
James Dillet Freeman


A Pilgrim’s Prayer 

O God, who brought your servant Abraham out of the land of the Chaldeans, protecting him in his wanderings, who guided the Hebrew people across the desert, we ask that you watch over us, your servants, as we walk in the love of your name to Santiago de Compostela.

Be for us our companion on the walk,
Our guide at the crossroads,
Our breath in our weariness,
Our protection in danger,
Our albergue on the Camino,
Our shade in the heat,
Our light in the darkness,
Our consolation in our discouragements,
And our strength in our intentions.

So that with your guidance we may arrive safe and sound at the end of the Road and enriched with grace and virtue we return safely to our homes filled with joy.

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Apostle Santiago, pray for us.
Santa Maria, pray for us.

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Travel Worries

bags-166764_640When I get in a car to go on a road trip, or haul my suitcase into the airport to board a plane to some exotic port, I am usually too excited by the prospect of getting away from it all to spend a lot of time worrying. But, I must confess, that I do have some anxiety when my plane takes off, and also when it lands. The thrust of the engines, the shuddering of that metal shell suddenly seems far too fragile.

And as far as riding in a car, well, I can never quite forget that two close family members have been killed in separate crashes. Death is never too far from life, really. But giving in to fear is not something I do if at all possible. What remedies do I use? Just one, usually. Affirmative prayer. It is a type of prayer that is positive, and powerful, and gets right to the heart of what ails me. Perhaps you might find comfort in one of the below prayers, or  suggest them to family members or close companions anxious about your journeys.

Girl prayingBlessing for Autos
This is God’s automobile. God’s law of order is evident in every aspect of its operation. God’s wisdom inspires the driver to be alert, to use good judgment, and to make right decisions. Everyone who travels in this car is safe and at peace.

Blessing for Airplanes
This is God’s airplane. As God’s law of order keeps the stars in their courses and the sun and moon in their paths, so it guides and directs the pilot and crew of this plane. The presence of God fills each person on board with a spirit of peace. I rest secure in God’s protecting presence, and all is well.