January 4: Something that you’re looking forward to
Well, this is a bit of a repeat, isn’t it? I guess I’ll delve a little deeper into something I’d already mentioned earlier. So one of my goals for the year is to spend my 30th birthday doing the Camino Ignaciano. It’s similar to the Camino de Santiago but instead follows the path of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who is of great importance to me as the saint I chose for Confirmation. I plan to start at the beginning of November and aim to end by my birthday on the 20th. But this is the part that’s going to require some research, so I’m going to have to see if that’s even feasible and if I need to start earlier.
In any case, it will start in Loyola (or Loiola as it is spelled locally) and end at Montserrat. Most pilgrims will be heading the opposite direction west towards Santiago de Compostela along the Camino de Santiago. However, St. Ignatius headed east towards the port cities to get him to the Holy Land.
It will be a rigorous journey in a country whose language I am only moderately familiar with, but I hope to glean many lessons and experiences from this trip that will enrich me spiritually, mentally, and physically.