God or Gold ?
The Temple merchants, Detail
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Many pilgrims complain about the best known Ways of St James, either in France or in Spain. Too many people, too much money made.
Sometimes the albergues are full, or they will ask for money to use the kitchen, sometimes the way is changed to force you to walk by a new hostel, or some pure landscapes are spoilt by the view of soda vending machines...
So what will you do ? Will you follow the example of Jesus from Nazareth and chase the merchants from the Temple ?
Jesus chasing the merchants from the Temple
Jean Baptiste Thomas, 1822, St Rocco church, Paris
For so many centuries money and pilgrimages have been together... It's up to you, chase them if you wish, but do it peacefully.
Keep peace in mind, non-violence has a lot of advantages.
Why don't you try a way without that kind of constant trade ? Such ways do exist, where you can meditate quietly, have pure relationship with the people. Look at the posts of this blog.
You'll guess where they are.