|Relic of St. Vincent de Paul in Downside Abbey|
How special it was to be given a Pilgrim's Blessing by Fr. James Hood in Downside Abbey with this beautiful relic placed upon the Sanctuary! Fr. James has walked the Camino himself, so his Homily, and the Blessing itself, made us truly reflect upon the journey we were about to undertake. It would be easy to think that it was just a long walk, but it is so much more, as no doubt we will discover.
|Our little group being Blessed by Fr. James Hood at Downside Abbey|
|The group with our host in the Villa d'Arcos, Portugal|