An Elder was asked by a certain Soldier if God would forgive a sinner. And he said to him: Tell me, beloved, if your cloak is torn, will you throw it away? The Soldier replied and said: No, I will mend it and put it back on. The elder said to him: If you take care of your cloak, will God not be merciful to His own image?
~The Wisdom of the Desert, ed. Thomas Merton~
What happens when you have an idea and are convinced it will help our combat veterans if the idea could be made to happen? You pray a lot and tell everyone you know to see who will get catch the vision and see what happens. What happens is a miracle – Warriors on the Way 2018 brought combat veterans together for a 180 mile walk across Spain on the Camino de Santiago with the belief that doing so would bring healing to their PTSD and Moral Injury – and it worked. The pilgrims experienced amazing reductions in their PTSD and Moral Injury symptoms.
With pilgrims who had been in Special Operations, a Corpsman with the Marines, and Infantry, we had a strong group who knew how to work as a team. We quickly developed a rhythm and each day brought the team to new successes.
We could not have asked for a better first Warriors on the Way pilgrimage on the Camino. The pilgrims, even more than a team, came together as family and, as family, they walked off the war together.
“As I continued walking, I thought about releasing the past… the pain… the guilt… the fear… I only wanted to rest my soul.”
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