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2017-09-23 05:26 pm

Ad Orientem Training

At our parish of Holy Rosary, we sometimes celebrate Mass on the High Altar. This method, where for much of the Eucharistic prayer the Priest and the people are facing the same direction, is known as ad Orientem.
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2017-09-23 04:11 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Daisies

Just before arriving at the village of Boadilla del Camino, the unending flat farmland gave way briefly to a field of wildflowers, including these daisies. Even though today was a slog, it certainly had its moments. (For those keeping track, yes, there really is about two hours between the... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-daisies/)



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2017-09-22 03:05 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: a Pleasant if Soggy Walk

The rain came and went, but the mud and puddles was a near-constant. This is a beautiful stretch of the Camino in the early spring. In the summer, I imagine the heat and the lack of any shade would be a problem for me. Ever since I left Arizona in 1991, I don’t do heat very well.

Date: 15... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-a-pleasant-if-soggy-walk/)



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2017-09-21 03:58 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: a Long Slog Ahead

The Way stretches long on the Meseta. After Itero de la Vega, the next village is a conservative 8.4km on – more than two hours’ walk. And our destination for the day was another 5.4km beyond that. The terrain, as you will see in the photos of the coming days, is relatively flat.... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-a-long-slog-ahead/)



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2017-09-20 03:08 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Psychedelic Gnomes

Parts of the town of Itero de la Vega are a little run down. As you get toward the edge of town, you will note that graffiti artists have tried to make the best of a bad situation by covering these derelict buildings with a fresh coat of paint. These are nowhere near the quality of the murals in... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-psychedelic-gnomes/)



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2017-09-18 06:04 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Thrice Welcome to Palencia

Castilla y León (and, indeed, all of Spain) is divided into provinces. Here, we are leaving the Province of Burgos and entering the Province of Palencia. Why they felt the need to tell us three times, I’m not certain.

Date: 15 April 2016
Place: Border between the Provinces of Burgos and... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-thrice-welcome-to-palencia/)



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2017-09-17 03:10 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Puente de Itero del Castillo

Just past San Nicolás de Puente Fitero is the Río Pisuerga, which forms the border between the provinces of Burgos and Palencia. This bridge contains construction work from the 12th, 16th, 17th, and 20th centuries. It’s a highway bridge, so we leave the muddy path to walk on asphalt among... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-puente-de-itero-del-castillo/)



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2017-09-16 03:08 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: San Nicolás de Puente Fitero

We are approaching the Ermita de San Nicolás de Puente Fitero. This little 12th-century church once belonged to the Knights of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (a.k.a. the Knights of Malta). For awhile, it was a parish church for the nearby village of Itero del Castillo.... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-san-nicolas-de-puente-fitero/)



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2017-09-15 04:53 pm

Our Lady of Sorrows

Whither is thy Beloved gone, O thou most beautiful among women? Whither is thy Beloved turned aside, and we will seek Him with thee?
We begin with the first antiphon of Lauds for today’s feast of The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Monastic Diurnal.
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2017-09-15 03:04 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Mud Closeup

This was our afternoon. We descended from Alto de Mostalares into the wet and muddy plains. Then we trudged through mud. And then it rained some more. Huzzah!

Date: 15 April 2016
Place: Near Itero del Castillo (Castilla y León, Spain)
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2017-09-14 05:05 pm

A Bit of a Personal Update

Tuesday was wacky. It included being made redundant and spending a lovely evening changing passwords.
Yesterday, on the other hand, has been a good day. Served Mass, went on a 5k hike with my beautiful bride, ran some errands, had lunch with my smart and funny daughter Raine, filed for... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/a-bit-of-a-personal-update/)



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2017-09-14 05:00 pm

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Today is celebrated in the western Church as the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Exaltatio Sanctæ Crucis). In the eastern Church, it is known as “the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-creating Cross”.
The feast commemorates a number of events: the finding of... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/exaltation-of-the-holy-cross-2017/)



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2017-09-12 03:08 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Descent

This is a heck of a view in better weather. What’s not so great is the concrete path down. It’s pretty steep, and in damp conditions seems particularly treacherous. The bikes just fly down, and everybody else takes tiny, tiny steps as slowly as they can. It’s no fun.

Date: 15... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-descent/)



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2017-09-11 03:11 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Going Down?

As you can see, Francine is not thrilled with the upcoming walk down the Alto de Mostalares. Me neither.

Date: 15 April 2016
Place: Colina de Mostalares (Castilla y León, Spain)
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2017-09-10 11:56 pm

In Praise of Altar Servers

Last Thursday, we celebrated a funeral in our parish of Holy Rosary. Nothing unusual in that. The one constant of life is the inevitability of death.
This particular funeral was that of a priest, Rev. Dominic Hahn. He was born in 1937, was baptized and grew up in our parish, graduated from our... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/in-praise-of-altar-servers/)



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2017-09-10 03:15 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: the Edge of the World

Well, actually the edge of the Alto de Mostalares, complete with the sign warning of an 18-degree downslope. We’re still up in the clouds, here, so you can only see the barest hint of the world beyond. Unlike the climb up or the road across, the climb down is paved in concrete. This makes... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-the-edge-of-the-world/)



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2017-09-09 03:57 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: ...and Rest

Once you make it to the top of the Alto de Mostalares, there’s a lovely sheltered area where you can rest. I remember on my first Camino it was really warm the day I made this climb, and I spent a long, long time rehydrating here. Having made the climb on a cool, cloudy day was much... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-and-rest-2/)



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2017-09-08 03:09 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Climbing into a Cloud

We climbed the Alto de Mostalares with a passel of Evergreen students that we had been walking with on and off for several days: Brian, Tracy, Cooper, and Michelle. Brian and I climbed much of this side by side, discussing poetry and philosophy, both of which seemed to be demanded by the terrain... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/camino/camino-photo-of-the-day-climbing-into-a-cloud/)



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2017-09-08 02:46 pm

The Birth of the Virgin

WEST: Giotto’s Birth of the Virgin
God is truly a poet to confound the mathematicians and a mathematician to confound the poets.
Nine months after the solemnity of her Immaculate Conception, celebrated on 8 December, today we celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a feast so... (more at http://www.thomryng.com/amateurmonk/the-birth-of-the-virgin/)



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2017-09-07 03:08 pm

Camino Photo of the Day: Mostalares Panorama

This was taken from about halfway up the Colina de Mostalares. Click through to see the full size. That little red dot on the right is Francine. The hill just left of center is Castrojeriz. Needless to say, the photograph doesn’t do the remotest justice to the scene.

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