Every week is Holy Week, I know. And every day is a holy day, if we treat it as such. And this is the week, leading up to Easter, that remembers the crucufixion of Jesus and celebrates his ascension into the kingdom of heaven. It is said that he gave up his life in order to save ours.

I am still at my friends’ farmhouse in Gonzales, still recovering from my foot injury. I think it’s some sort of sprained ligament on the outside of my right foot, as Nicholas Gularte, oldest son of Rob and Susie and soon to be Doctor of Osteopathy, surmised.  I have walked into town a few times now, a distance of about 4 miles there and back. I can do that well enough, but I’m still not up for ten or twelve mile days. I am lightening my load considerably.

A Pilgrim friend of mine suggested I give up my pride and continue my journey using a combination of walking and bus travel. I am open to this idea, though I don’t like it. I may have to, though. I don’t want to overstay my welcome here, and I don’t want to return to Monterey. Acceptance of what is is necessary and there will be a silver lining to it, I know, as has been suggested by others. Thank you all for your kind and wise words!

I went to a Reconciliation Service last night at St. Theodore’s Catholic Church, which has been “Announcing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and celebrating the Mysteries of God in Gonzales and Chualar Canyon since 1893.” The priest told the congregation that at 7:45 p.m. we would  pray together as penance for our sins. “That will be sufficient unless the priest tells you that you need to do more, such as walk a pilgrimage to Lourdes or the Holy Land.” He said this with a smile on his face, as if this was not likely to happen. Of course, I thought of my pilgrimage right here in California, along the Camino Real, and wondered if I’m doing it in part as penance for my sins. What sins? The various sins committed by most any insecure, self-centered person who thinks mainly of what she can get out of life, rather than what she can contribute to it. I try to be of service now.

I walk to town along dirt roads that go between the vast fields of lettuce, asparagus and broccoli.

They are beautiful. The Spanish speaking workers who drive the tractors and lay the irrigation pipes are very friendly.


There is a Western Wear shop in town that carries cowboy hats, boots, and western style shirts. I went in to look at the boots, wondering if any of them might help my situation. They look very heavy and not comfortable. I decided against them.

As a child it was my dream to live on a farm. I have never done so. I feel blessed to have such kind friends in the Gulartes.

Yesterday morning there was a huge rainbow in the valley that lasted for at least thirty minutes. I was amazed by its size and longevity.

All is well.  All is exactly as it should be at this moment. Peace and blessings. ♥️


15 thoughts on “Holy Week

  1. Dear Jody, One of my favorite reads as a child was Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. I remember that the pilgrims stayed at inns and purchased food along the way. Would that help you? Lia recommended a hiking boot that she uses for trips with my Brother. I think it is a Merrill with ankle support. REI could ship it to you in Gonzales. Love and Best to You! Elizabeth Happy Easter

  2. I have sent my stove back to Elysha and will trust that I can find food along the way. Inns are far and few between in South Monterey County, so I’m keeping my tent and sleeping bag for now.

    I tried on some Merrell boots a few days ago. They didn’t work well for me. Thanks to Lia for sharing her experience. I also tried on various running shoes. For now, I’m sticking with my Merrell Trail Runners.

  3. Jody, your stories continue fascinating me. You write beautifully, of course I think you should write a book after all of this.
    You inspire me with your belief and faith. Yes, everything is happening for a reason and at the right time. So nice to know you enjoyed the church service.
    Tonight I will go to San Carlos cathedral for a mass celebrating the Lords supper.
    Tomorrow I will do the stations of the Cross and attend the Celebration of the Lords Passion. Sending prayers for your healing and the continuation of your journey.
    With love, Dora

    1. Thank you, Dora! Your continued support is most appreciated. I’m so glad you are taking advantage of the services this week. I am appreciating them more than ever, myself. My pilgrimage is taking on a much different role than I expected. Surrender to God’s will is more pertinent than ever.

  4. Blessings Jody!
    Thank you again for sharing your journey through thoughts, words, photos, actions. Spring is happening & things do take place during rest or gestation, don’t they. In touch, T

    1. Yes! My pilgrimage continues though I am not making forward movement at this time. I am having to reevaluate my motives and priorities. That I have the time to do so is a blessing.

  5. Jody, you ask “What sin?” It seems to imply that there is no sin, or you have not sinned. But if there is no sin, then Christ came to earth and was crucified for nothing. The very fact that He was crucified shows how sinful we men and women are. He was not only innocent, He was here solely to save us and to love and heal us. Each of us has to listen to our conscience, that is the voice of our beloved father in heaven. I found it strange that the priest at the reconciliation service smiled when he told the congregation that a penance for a mortal sin would be to make a pilgrimage to Lourdes. He knew he was speaking to a group of relatively poor men and women, many if not most from Mexico, who would have no possibility of doing such a thing. The fact that you can afford to make this pilgrimage of your own, shows that you have the leisure and resources to do it. I don’t think you are wrong for this, it is good to have money and to have leisure, but there are other ways to do penance. And yes, we all need to do penance humbly. To be sorry for sin is the greatest grace. Love you, Jody.

    1. I think I failed to make myself understood, Ellen, by my question “What sins?” I meant it literally, and I tried to answer the question honestly, in a general sort of way. I was not mocking the sacrament of confession. I made my own, sincere confession that evening.

      I have friends who bristle at the idea of self-criticism, which I can understand. I was attempting to explain what I understand to be at the root of my harms to myself and others.

  6. Thank you, Jody, for all your thoughts and insights. You are courageous both in your external and internal journey. Happy Easter.

    1. Happy Easter to you Dianne. Despite how surprised I am by my body’s inability to walk long distances, I still feel that I’m where I’m supposed to be. I’m enjoying the physical and the spiritual journey very much!

  7. Blessings to you dear Jody. I know your next steps are in divine order. All IS truly well
    Sending love and healing energy.

    1. Thank you Michelle. I completely agree. ♥️

  8. Wishing you a safe journey whether by foot or by bus or any means of carrying your mission and finding your purpose. I sent you some emails, but don’t know if you received them. But check out John Francis on TED Talk. Very interesting. And you are in alignment.

  9. Hi Jody,
    We’ve been thinking about you. How are you today? Where are you?
    Sending you love and prayers.

    1. Hi Jan! Thanks for asking. I am in Soledad as of today; I will post something tomorrow about how things are going. Not as I expected and still wonderful! We make plans and sometimes God laughs. But it’s perfect just as it is!

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