I WILL WALK OFF YOUR SINS
Pilgrim seeks sinners for mutually beneficial arrangement.
Seven Deadlies a specialty.
With those words my journey began.
Less than a month later I found myself hiking through olive groves, making my way from the legendary city of Granada, towards the cliffs at Finisterre in the far north-west of Spain.
On my back was an unusual cargo – a load of sins. In the tradition of medieval believers who paid others to carry their sins to holy places and so buy forgiveness, my friends and colleagues donated a sin in order to fund the quest. Among the many I received were anger, envy, sloth and lust.
Through tiny pueblos and vast vistas, miracles found me. Angels in both name and nature eased my path. Sins found me too. At every stage of the journey I was tempted and I battled, mostly with myself. I laughed, I lusted, I raged, I cried and I walked. I walked and walked and walked!
And I fell in love: with kindness, with strangers, and with Spain.
Sinning Across Spain celebrates the mysteries of faith, the possibilities for connection, and the beautiful act of setting one foot down in front of the other.