Saints and relics

Today, I didn’t ready the dartboard for some ace dart throwing action. You see, I’ve started going to the gym and I’ve been smashing it with the weights (er … 5 kg). My little muppet arms are gaining some muscle to help with my Surf Life Saving activities but they’re KILLING me today and typing seems to be the least painful thing to do. Throwing darts with sore muppet arms may just be a recipe for disaster and possibly justify a legit workplace health and safety quibble by a colleague.

However, I will tell you what else I do plan to do on my travels. I want to visit Christian shrines and relics of the countries I travel.

There are already a few shrines that I want to see on my travels; like for example the Church of the Sepulchre of Saint Mary in Jerusalem; the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Kibeho, Rwanda; the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico; Our Lady of Las Lajas, Nariño Department, Colombia; and the Shrine of the Apostle Saint James the Great at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain … just to name a few!

I was in Cartagena, Colombia last year and unfortunately I didn’t realise that within the Church of St. Peter Claver, was the resting place of the venerated saint; who was a Spanish Jesuit priest and missionary. It was an opportunity missed and a great regret. I’ve already seen quite a few shrines and relics from previous travels through Italy though; so to consider doing this on my solo travels would be a pretty interesting thing to do. To say the least, it will be an interesting conversation piece for those awkward moments among fellow travellers when there’s a lull in conversation at the bar … possibly.

Skull of Saint Ivo of Kermartin. Photo by Derepus

Skull of Saint Ivo of Kermartin. Photo by Derepus


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