Stage 21: Lleida – Castellnou de Seana (32.8 km)

We sang the Pilgrim Song outside the Hotel Transit in Lleida.

 
May the blessing of God be upon us,
The Blessing of the Father and the Son.
May the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Peace,
Be with us all our days.

We departed Lleida just after 8.00am and continued our pilgrimage towards Manresa. There are only six days left.  We left behind the big city of Lleida and entered into the countryside once more.

The sun rising over Lleida

The sun rising over Lleida

Modern footbridge over the river in Lleida

Modern footbridge over the river in Lleida

Vin Dillon taking a break (notice the orange arrow which marks the Ignatian Camino)

Vin Dillon taking a break (notice the orange arrow which marks the Ignatian Camino)

Today was very hot, at least 33°C. We stopped for lunch in a small village called El Palau d’Anglesola at 2.00pm.

A local woman offered us delicious apples and peaches at lunch

A local woman offered us apples and peaches at lunch

Helen and Tracy interacting with the local school children

Helen and Tracy interacting with the local school children

I soaked my feet in the cool water of the municipal fountain

Soaking my feet in the cool water of the municipal fountain

Following the footsteps of St. Ignatius, our destination was Castellnou de Seana, a small village with a 12th century church dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

The end is in sight — the small village of Castellnou de Seana

The end is in sight — the village of Castellnou de Seana

Once the group arrived in Castellnou de Seanu, a bus took us to the  Hotel Pintor Marsà in Tarrega where we will stay for the next three nights. It is a small and charming family-run hotel renowned for its hospitality, wonderful local cuisine and elegantly appointed guestrooms decorated in a classic style.

 With a population of more than 10,000 inhabitants, and the capital of Urgell region, Tàrrega is renowned for its international Street Theatre Fair, held in early September each year.


Prayer: In these last six days of our pilgrimage we are in the “fourth week” of the Spiritual Exercises where we are one with Christ in his resurrection.

Grace: I ask the Father for this gift: to enter fully into the joy of the risen and victorious Christ. To be able to grasp the fullness of life that Jesus has achieved for us. To rejoice deeply with Christ, with Mary, and all his disciples.

Reflections: Today and in the days to follow, Ignatius invites us to “ask for the grace to be glad and to rejoice intensely because of the great glory and joy of Christ our Lord” who is risen from the dead.

If Good Friday draws me into the mystery that Jesus died for me, then Easter Sunday invites me to consider what his rising from the dead means for me.  The question is: Has Jesus risen for me?

What is the resurrection?  The resurrection is not revivification.  We know that after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, he went back to living with his sisters Martha and Mary as he had before. That is revivification. When Jesus is raised from the dead his disciples do not recognize him at first. Then slowly they come to be aware of his presence with them. The meaning of the resurrection is that you and I can recognise and experience Jesus with us now.

Can the resurrection of Jesus be ‘proved’?  One of the ‘proofs’ for the resurrection is the change that took place in the followers of Jesus.  After Jesus was executed his disciples were devastated and fearful. Then something happened and they became full of joy and courage.  They went out and told the world that Jesus had risen from the dead. Many died courageously for their beliefs. Their explanation was that they had seen Jesus alive.  We pray that we too will experience that Jesus is alive and that we will be filled with joy and courage as we continue on our way to Manresa.

4 thoughts on “Stage 21: Lleida – Castellnou de Seana (32.8 km)

  1. I am excited that you all are nearing Manresa. Your hearts have walked and walked. I appreciated Michael’s resurrection reflection. I have been keeping you all in daily prayer, this Camino will always live within your hearts.

  2. Hello from Flagstaff, Arizona, USA! I have been reading your blog — with great enjoyment and admiration — for about a week now. I have a question about the spiritual disciplines you are employing while on your pilgrimage. You have mentioned times of silence and the Spiritual Exercises. How are you doing these, logistically? Mornings before you set out? Midday stops? Evening discussions? Buen Camino!

  3. Michael
    Thank you for the link to your “order of time”…a wonderful summary and explanation which helps us to immerse into you daily journey. In spite of the distance we feel very much part of it with you…also having been in Spain on the “Ignatian Immersion”, brings so much of your pilgrimage to life for us.

    Love and blessings
    Wayne and Stephanie

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