Cáceres – Chapter 47

I will enter, watch, and approach the altar.


We will visit three churches. I will ask for a miracle for you.

The first church is the Concatedral de Santa Maria (Cáceres Cathederal). It is the best! I enter.

We attend mass. I watch.

Mass is over. I approach.
I read Chapter 47 of the Tao te Ching.

“Without opening your door,
you can open your heart to the world.”


We go to a side chapel. I pray. I watch another pray.

“Without looking out your window,
you can see the essence of the Tao.”

We go outside. We see the statue of Saint Peter of Alcantara (San Pedro de Alcantara by Enrique Pérez Cumendador – notable art). I approach one who plays.

San Pedro de Alcantara was canonized in1699 after a life of solitude and austerity. He walked barefoot to Rome, wrote a Treatise on Prayer and Meditation. He was known for ecstasies, levitations, and walking on water (seen by many). Touching his feet brings luck.

“The more you know,
the less you understand.”

we we go to the Church of Saint John the Baptist (Iglesias de San Juan Bautista). I pray.

Practice the Inner Way.

We see the Inglesia of Santiago (St. James Church) – important to us pilgrims. We are walking to Santiago where his body lies.

On its facade are shells, the symbol of our pilgrimage and an image of Santiago, the Pilgrim.

As I approach, a man with his dog reads a notice on the locked church door.

 

The notice informs him of a death. A man behind us shouts to him, giving information about the funeral.

“The Master arrives without leaving,
sees the light without looking,
achieves without doing a thing.”

How can the Master arrive without leaving? How can you overcome your fears?  How can you open your heart to the world?

These images and videos are like seeds which can take root in your heart and mind. Which one will work for you?  If you meditate, you can nurture that which is your destiny. Tomorrow we will walk to the next town.

What would happen to one who meditated so deeply that her breath, heart, and mind stopped all functioning. Suppose such a person found herself to be alive? Would she be afraid of death?

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