What I shared on the night of testimonials on Friday, June 1st:
1. Remember, that your first pilgrimage is like your first kiss: you never forget it. Whether it has been a good or not-so-good or easy pilgrimage, one never forgets the pilgrimage nevertheless. My first pilgrimage was to Chimayo, by way of Costilla, and I've never forgotten it.
2. About scallop shell--which we are now wearing around our necks: the scallop shell (from the Camino de Santiago de Compostela), is a reminder that we are to share, give-and-receive, with an open hand along the pilgrimage. The open handedness of the scallop shell is a constant reminder that we share life together on pilgrimage;
3. The scallop shell is a reminder of our baptism. Coming from the water, it is a constant reminder that we, who are Christians, are children or people of the "living water," namely Christ.
The scallop shell, as seen below, starts off with the fan fringe, with rows going toward the center. Like the scallop shell, this pilgrimage began with five different routes that are bringing us together to one place, Chimayo. We are one day away.
Trust me, fellow pilgrims, whether it was good or bad, you never forget your first pilgrimage...nor your first kiss.