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Sir Thomas More (by Hans Holbein the Younger)
Today is the memorial of one of my favourite saints, Saint Thomas More, who died at the hands of King Henry VIII (that villain).
That is, today is his memorial in the modern Roman calendar, which he shares with Saint John Fisher, also executed by the... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/saint-thomas-more/)



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File under: Annual, Church and State, Divine Office, History, Meditations, Moments in Time, Prayer, Saints
Burgos Cathedral is monumental, with side chapels, sacristies, choirs, crypts, a cloister, and a museum. We spent a good chunk of the day inside, and we didn’t see nearly all of it. I took hundreds of photos. I will be posting a small representative sample here.

Date: 12 April 2016
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Burgos Cathedral is monumental, with side chapels, sacristies, choirs, crypts, a cloister, and a museum. We spent a good chunk of the day inside, and we didn’t see nearly all of it. I took hundreds of photos. I will be posting a small representative sample here.

Date: 12 April 2016
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Burgos Cathedral is monumental, with side chapels, sacristies, choirs, crypts, a cloister, and a museum. We spent a good chunk of the day inside, and we didn’t see nearly all of it. I took hundreds of photos. I will be posting a small representative sample here.

Date: 12 April 2016
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To help give you a sense of scale, here Francine stops for a moment before we enter Burgos Cathedral through the Puerta Sacramental, or Sacramental Door. This is by no means the main entrance to the Cathedral, but more of a side entrance leading into the south transept. This particular entrance... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-puerta-sacramental/)



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Depending on what calendar you use (Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form), and whether or not it is a Holy Day of Obligation in your diocese, today(or last Thursday) is (or was) the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).
Happy Corpus Christi!
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We enter the great central plaza, and we are overwhelmed by the first sight of La Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Santa María de Burgos. It’s a difficult building to photograph, both because of its immense size and the profusion of detail in every nook and cranny. It is... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-burgos-cathedral-first-look/)



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File under: Planning
Through this gate, we enter the city centre of Burgos, once the capital of the Kingdom of Castilla. Obviously, the gate has had some renovations since medieval times – those statues look 15th century or so. At the very top, we of course have Madonna and Child, and then below that an angel... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-arco-de-santa-maria/)



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This coming Sunday my parish will participate in an outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament following the Noon Mass.
This will be the fifth year we’ve taken Jesus through the streets of Tacoma and... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/corpus-christi-2017/)



Very Rev. Nicholas Wichert, Corpus Christi Procession, 2016 (photo by Emily Gossard)

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File under: 2017 transitions - Holy Rosary / Visitation, community, Holy Days, Moments in Time, Rev. Nicholas Wichert, Save the Liturgy, Save the World
Through the rain, we walked over this pedestrian bridge, one of the oldest in Burgos. It crosses the Río Arlanzón and culminates in the Arco de Santa María, one of the twelve Medieval gates into the old city. The bridge was extensively renovated in the 19th century, and again in the early 21st... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-puente-de-santa-maria/)



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Today is the anniversary of the death of the great G.K. Chesterton.
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
(G.K. Chesterton)
Years ago now, the indefatigable Mark Shea, proposed readings for the Feast of Gilbert Keith Chesterton:
1. JOB 19:23-27
Oh, that... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/the-feast-of-chesterton-2017/)



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After you spend a couple of weeks walking, riding a bus is a scary thing. They seem to go so fast! It’s amazing how you get used to things. We arrived in Burgos, got slightly lost, and eventually made our way towards the Cathedral. We met this fellow on the way. As you can see, Francine is... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-high-five-in-burgos/)



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File under: Photo of the Day
In order to make up for our lost day, we decided to bus ahead to Burgos. Here we are at the last bus stop on the Camino before Burgos in Villafranca Montes de Oca, just down the street from our hotel. There were maybe a dozen pilgrims here. Next stop: Burgos!

Date: 12 April 2016
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File under: Map, Photo of the Day
The Lord manifests Himself to those who stop for some time in peace and humility of heart. If you look in murky and turbulent waters, you cannot see the reflection of your face.
If you want to see the face of Christ, stop and collect your thoughts in silence, and close the door of your soul... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/malleus-hereticorum-2017/)



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File under: Annual, Rev. Jacob Maurer, Saints, Silence
Before heading for the bus stop, we had our first breakfast in the Hotel San Antón Abad in Villafranca Montes de Oca. It was in a different dining room from the one where we had dinner the night before, but no less surreal.

Date: 12 April 2016
Place: Villafranca Montes de Oca (Castilla y León,... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-hotel-part-2/)



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The church in which I was Baptized, Confirmed, and Married has all sorts of Christian symbols painted on the walls. One of them that always set my brain to thinking looked something like this:

It is, of course, an ancient Trinitarian symbol, reminding us in a visual way that while the Father is... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/trinity-sunday/)



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The Hotel San Antón Abad in Villafranca Montes de Oca is swanky – of that there is no doubt. I believe the building itself is a “dissolved” monastery, and the current owners have built it into a brand-spanking new luxury hotel. While we stayed there it was almost entirely... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-hotel/)



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With Francine asleep in the room, I set out to explore the village of Villafranca Montes de Oca. There is nothing here of particular interest except perhaps the church, which is only open on Sundays. So by noon I had returned here to the hotel “Cafeteria”, and I spent most of the... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-spanish-soaps/)



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File under: Memories, Photo of the Day
The expression on Francine’s face says it all. Like a day on our last Camino, she was done for the day. It was perhaps 10 AM. We went into this “Cafeteria” for pilgrims attached to the swanky Hotel San Antón Abad. We never left that day. After hemming and hawing, I could see... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-just-done/)



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We arrive in the village of Villafranca Montes de Oca in intermittent rain storms. This place is typical of many in Castilla: the church was locked up tight. In fact, a local I asked about it very firmly gave me the impression that I was an idiot for even asking. Why would the church be open? It... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-villafranca-montes-de-oca/)



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Francine, as you can see, is not thrilled to be crossing this wet wooden bridge in the rain. I think this might have been the exact moment she decided that she was quitting for the day.

Date: 11 April 2016
Place: Entering Villafranca Montes de Oca (Castilla y León, Spain)
Map of the day:

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That bare ruin to Francine’s left is all that remains of the once mighty Monasterio de San Felices de Oca. What is today something between a pile of stones and a deteriorated hut was once part of a venerable Mozarabic church and monastery, built in the ninth century and dedicated to the... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-san-felices-de-oca/)



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As of today, the Easter Season has ended and we’re back in Ordinary Time. Which of course, is not so ordinary at all.

Unless of course, you’re celebrating the Octave of Pentecost. Which I am. Because, why wouldn’t you?
Full disclosure: the Octave is celebrated in my Monastic... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/ordinary/)



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File under: Rants, Seasons
Somewhere past Espinosa del Camino the rain began in earnest. This, combined with a long day yesterday, seriously sapped Francine’s strength and, more importantly, her will to carry on. Weirdly, it energized me. This would become our first major point of conflict on this Camino in just a... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-the-rain-in-spain/)



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We quickly hurried through the village of Espinosa del Camino. If there was any place for breakfast here, it was not open. The little church was not open. Nothing, in fact, was open. But there were some fun medieval-style houses. Not sure about the flag though. Any ideas?

Date: 11 April... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-espinosa-del-camino/)



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We read today in the Acts of the Apostles of this great day, which in a certain way we can celebrate as the birthday of the Church:
Pentecost – Duccio di Buoninsegna (1308)
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/pentecost-you-can-become-all-flame/)



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File under: Annual, Chant, Holy Days, Meditations, Wisdom
Looking over my photos of this area from our first Camino reveals a similar scene nearby. Could this place just be ground zero for rainbows on the Camino?

Date: 11 April 2016
Place: Between Villambistia and Espinosa del Camino (Castilla y León, Spain)
Map of the day:

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File under: Photo of the Day, Map
Yesterday evening we had a rehearsal for our Confirmation Mass, to be celebrated tonight. It was a chaotic affair, with Altar Servers, Confirmandi, Sponsors, family, and of course Catechists and Clergy. I wasn’t herding cats so much as juggling them. I was hoping that we could be out of... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/accept-hard-things-with-patience-and-even-temper/)



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File under: community, inside baseball, Meditations, Save the Liturgy, Save the World
April 11, 2016 dawns, and we are dragging a little. We walked too far yesterday, given the terrible wind we were walking into most of the day. Soon, we would pay for this terrible lack of foresight, but for now, it’s dawn and we’re on the road! The weather was cool and clear, and we... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-villambistia-dawn/)



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We spent the night of April 10, 2016 in the Albergue Municipal de San Roque in Villambistia. This is a clean, modern facility that spends most of its time as a local hangout. We were so exhausted upon our arrival that I was actually gibbering a bit. As soon as I was assigned a bunk, I fell into... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-albergue-municipal-de-san-roque/)



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File under: Photo of the Day
Mary’s month of May draws to a close with the Feast of the Visitation. This feast celebrates the visit of Mary, pregnant with Jesus, to her cousin Elizabeth, pregnant with John the Baptist (Luke 1:39-56).
So this feast is a celebration of the very first Christian community, consisting of... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/the-visitation-2017/)



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File under: Annual, Divine Office, inside baseball, Mary, Prayer, Rants
We enter our final village for today, Vallambistia. I never found out the name of the village church, seen here. In my various guides and sources, it’s just called the Iglesia Parroquial – the “parish church”. I just love the blue door. There’s only one albergue... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-welcome-to-villambistia/)



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File under: Map, Photo of the Day
No words today.

Date: 10 April 2016
Place: Between Tosantos and Villambistia (Castilla y León, Spain)
Maps!
We started the day in Grañón.


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On this day in 1431, one of the most truly remarkable women who ever lived was burned at the stake. She was 19 years old.
She was known as Jehanne la Pucelle (Joan the Maiden), but today we name her Saint Joan of Arc.
In 1429 at the tender age of 17, she led the French army to a string of... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/saint-joan-2017/)



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On this day in 1453, the great and holy city of Constantinople fell to the Turks and the Christian Roman Empire came to its apocalyptic end. This morning, I am reminded of Yeats.
The Fall of Constantinople, 1453
Sailing to Byzantium
That is no country for old men. The young
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Just across the creek from the village of Tosantos, you can see a structure carved into the cliffs. In the thirteenth century, a holy hermit lived in these caves. From her hermitage, she ministered to the passing pilgrims and was revered by the townsfolk. After her death, a chapel was built into... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-ermita-de-la-virgen-de-la-pena/)



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Viri Galilæi, quid admiramini aspicientes in cælum?
Forty days (and more) have passed since Easter. While most of the world (and indeed, my Benedictine Ordo and our local F.S.S.P. parish1) celebrate the day more properly last Thursday, in many places in the United States, today is the Solemnity... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/the-ascension-of-the-lord-2017/)



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Between Belorado and Tosantos, we walked under a blue sky over green fields. And all was right with the world. Well, except for the fact that we were over-tired and probably should have just called it a day in Belorado.

Date: 10 April 2016
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The way out of Belorado leads over the Río Tirón on this wooden bridge built next to a much older stone bridge. How much older? It was reportedly built by Santo Domingo de la Calzada and his apprentice San Juan de Ortega in the 11th Century. In order to make it sturdy enough for the modern... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-puente-de-el-canto/)



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Although I haven’t been posting many, I took a fair number of photos of street signs, particularly if the name tickled me in some way. This street in Belorado is a good sample. One of the many things I love about Spain.

Date: 10 April 2016
Place: Belorado (Castilla y León, Spain)
Maps!
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Saint Bede the Venerable translating the Gospel of John
Today in the calendar of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is the feast of this blog’s patron, Saint Bede the Venerable.
Today in the older calendars, today is the Ascension. More on that later, probably.
The amazing Saint Bede... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/the-venerable-bede-2017/)



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File under: Annual, Blog Ephemera, Saints
As I mentioned earlier, the town of Belorado is famous for its murals. This is a particularly striking example, featuring a bearded medieval pilgrim – or possibly Santiago Peregrino himself. Now it’s time to head out of Belorado, with its Disney-bright painted houses, murals, and... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-a-final-belorado-mural/)



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We meet a fellow pilgrim in Belorado. He’s the strong, silent type, but he prefers colourful gear. Francine leans on him awhile in the shade. I secretly think he might be Tom Bombadil in disguise.

Date: 10 April 2016
Place: Belorado (Castilla y León, Spain)
Maps!
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I don’t know what to call the previous repast – third breakfast? First lunch? Anyhow, this is the one after that: raciónes in Belorado. It’s a lot like tapas, only the plates are bigger. And don’t get me started on pintxos. There’s a pretty good guide to the... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-raciones/)



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The town of Belorado is famous for its murals. They come in all styles, from primitive graffiti to cartoons to heroic paintings to some with the quality of Romanesque icons. Here we pass some crusaders on the way to finding our tapas. And beer. Something cold, at any rate.

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Here’s a wider shot of Santa María de Belorado, where you can clearly see the stork nests. The afternoon had turned warm, as you might be able to tell from this photo. By this time, we were on the hunt for tapas and a place out of the sun.

Date: 10 April 2016
Place: Belorado (Castilla y... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-stork-nests/)



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This is the entrance to the main church in Belorado. I love the tufts of greenery growing out of the portico. The church has been rebuilt or restored quite a few times, most recently in 1910, though the present plan of the building dates from the 16th Century. The interior has four side altars,... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-santa-maria-de-belorado/)



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Today is the feast of a most remarkable saint, Peter Celestine. Pietro Angelerio was born in the village of Sant’Angelo Limosano, in south-central Italy, in the year 1215. At age 17, he became a Benedictine monk. By the time he was in his thirties, his abbot had given him permission to... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/a-saint-in-hell-2017/)



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Belorado is just a hop past Villamayor del Río. Our small lunch didn’t really satisfy, so we stopped for tapas here. This particularly colourful neighbourhood is the old Jewish Barrio el Corro, more than a thousand years old. The town itself is even older, dating back to Roman times. In... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-belorado/)



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Mother’s Day Mass at Holy Rosary, 2017 (photo by Francine Mastini)
Yesterday at my parish of Holy Rosary, we celebrated a votive Mass1 on the Marian altar. This was more or less our Mother’s Day Mass. We have been doing this for a couple of years now, and last year we added a... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/custom-and-tradition/)



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File under: 2017 transitions - Holy Rosary / Visitation, community, Mary, Moments in Time, Pope Benedict XVI, Rev. Jacob Maurer, Rev. Michael Wagner, Rev. Nicholas Wichert, Save the Liturgy, Save the World

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