Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Barefoot or Shoes on Pilgrimage...That is the Question!

One of the sites I like reading is the Frugal Traveler blog on the New York Times. I especially liked the last Frugal Traveler about bare feet versus shoes in traveling or pilgrimage.

This instantly threw me back to memories of St. Patrick's Purgatory, which was three days of walking barefoot on a cold little island--Lough Derg--in northern Ireland. I was amazed at this "outward bound" practice. This was the same possible experience in walking up the mount where St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland.

Then there were the people who wore shoes to Chimayo and Santiago de Compestela who wore shoes, but also allowed themselves to get blisters. The idea of obtaining blisters? Feeling the same suffering that Jesus did upon the cross.

Click here for the Frugal Traveler and shoes!