“My God is the God of the wayfarers”

I am not a religious person.

I was raised Catholic, I did all the Church steps till I was a teenager. Then I started to think, and I realized that I did not find myself in that.

I believe in humans. I believe that their abilities are far bigger than we realize. I believe that some are capable of evil, and some are what I was “thought” to define Saints. Same are capable of unimaginable things, and when you meet them you feel like you are thrown in the story of a book or a film.

José is one of them.

He is a little man, with a wrinkled face and a sweet and rasping voice. He has simple clothes, and is calm and friendly. Jose comes from the South of Spain. He was a sailor, and used to travel all the way up to Norway working as a fisherman. José was dying. The ship he was in was destroyed during a storm and he was the only survivor. He spent hours in the sea attached to the dead bodies of its colleagues and friends. He spent months in the hospitals. On a wheelchair. No one knew if he would walk again.

José prayed. He prayed the Virgin Mary. He said he prayed a lot, and made a vows of walking to all holy places on Earth if the Virgin Mary would give him his legs back.

In the last ten years José walked 110000 Km.

He got a backpack with only the strict necessary and visited all holy places he could find along his way. He walked all around Europe, South, America, Asia. He met the Dalai Lama and the Pope, and many, many pilgrims that are wandering, looking for their purpose in life.

110000 Km.

Look in Google Maps the distance between Cadiz, the place where José comes from, and Vietnam, you will be surprised to see that you would need to walk “only” 14300 Km. Basically ~1/8 of what José walked so far. He walked a distance that is almost three times the circumference of planet Earth (~40000 Km). We met him on his way back from Santiago. He was going home, to Cadiz. He was returning to his daughter and his grandchildren. He was going to continue his journey wandering among the love of his family.

I am not a religious person.

I believe in humans. I believe that their abilities are far bigger than we realize. I believe that some are capable of evil, and some are what I was “thought” to define Saints. Same are capable of unimaginable things, and when you meet them you feel like you are thrown in the story of a book or a film.

José is one of them.

 


Learn more about José here:

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«La persona que más me ha impactado ha sido el Dalai Lama»

“José el peregrino” cuelga la mochila

The Pilgrim – Man Spends Eleven Years Walking 107,000 Kilometers in the Name of Faith


Image in header taken from Pinterest.

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