This week we continue our journey from Burgos and travel to León.
A PRAYER TO FOCUS ON AS YOU WALK:
This week, as you walk, consider focusing on the Jesus Prayer:
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
Exercise Suggestions for the Week:
- Walk 16km (10 miles)
- Bike 48km (30 miles)
- 1 hr and 45min of physical exercise of your choice; weight lifting, pilates, basketball, armchair aerobics, swimming…etc.
“…I like to recite prayers handed down from earlier centuries, prayers polished by generations of use and available to any who care to make them their own. Once a traditional prayer has been learned by heart, it is available no matter where you are or what you are doing. The more prayers and psalms you memorize, the richer your prayer life becomes. But even one prayer recited over and over can be enough. The prayer isn’t your own composition, yet it becomes yours.
One of the prayers most widely used by pilgrims is the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” The roots of the prayer are in the story Jesus tells of a tax collector standing in the back of the synagogue, so ashamed of what he has done and what he has failed to do that he could hardly lift his head. All he could say was, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” Other walkers use the rosary, in which silence and word touch each other seamlessly.
Making prayer a normal part of daily life, an activity as ordinary as walking and breathing, takes discipline. Yet what a different life one discovers when prayer becomes part of the basic structure of daily life, with time given to prayer at the beginning and end of each day. Daily life becomes an event of pilgrimage.”