One will be claimed: Reflections on making it halfway

Today I officially passed the halfway point on my Camino to Santiago de Compostela.  There are fewer than 250 miles to go. 

As I’ve been walking, I’ve been stopping at churches along the way.  When I stopped at Nuestra Señora de Monasterio Chapel, I was welcomed by a sister from the Daughters of Charity.  She asked me my name and if I would like a blessing.  

As she reached up and held my shoulders, tears streamed from my eyes from this ancient and simple act of kindness.  She claimed me, as she does every pilgrim she blesses, as one of God’s children.  She gave me a small symbol of her order to wear around my neck as I walk the Camino.

She then asked if we could take a picture for Facebook and we laughed together!

It reminded me of the many blessings of my life and about how grateful I am to everyone who is following and cheering me along the Camino.  It means more to me than words can express.

The outpouring of support for my Camino and Episcopal Relief & Development has been extraordinary.  Over 150 of you have made donations.  We’re 88% of the way to the $75,000 goal. Thank you.

BUT, we’re not there yet.  We still have $8,701 to go before we unlock the full match and $150,000 to support Episcopal Relief & Development’s work with children.

If you haven’t already given, please do.  (Second and third gifts are welcome too!)

I don’t want to cross the finish line of the Camino before crossing the finish line on the fundraising.  

You can make your gift here.

Thank you to everyone who has generously supported my walk with a gift to Episcopal Relief & Development.  If you haven’t yet done so and would like to make a donation, you can do so by clicking “Support my Journey!”

Fundraising progress is $66,299/$75,000 and Camino progress is 255/500 mi

Published by Rob Radtke

President & CEO, Episcopal Relief & Development, husband, father, friend, traveler, reader, New Yorker.

3 thoughts on “One will be claimed: Reflections on making it halfway

  1. My eyes are tearing up hearing of your beautiful blessing and this wonderful Sister who blesses every pilgrim. Each is a gift from God.


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