I 've been enjoying a Lenten journey on the Camino de Santiago - vicariously, that is, by following some pilgrims' progress through their daily reports on BustedHalo.com. The interviews, photos, video and music really bring the experience of hiking northern Spain's thousand-year-old pilgrimage route to life.I recommend it not only for the pleasure of the journey but also as an example of interesting Catholic journalism, a cutting-edge use of multi-media for purposes of connecting young adults to the church. I'm impressed that the peregrinos have the energy to transmit their photos, video and audio files after a long day of hiking. And who carries the laptop? It would weigh quite heavily after a few miles on the trail. This is the kind of energy the church needs.
Paul Moses, a contributing writer at Commonweal, is the author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace (Doubleday, 2009) and An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish and Italians (NYU Press, 2015). Follow him on Twitter @PaulBMoses.
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