The “spiritual” power of print …
Pilgrims have long trodden the path to holy places and surprisingly, these routes are more popular today than in medieval times.
Although today as many travel to escape their hectic lives for a period of self-reflection as they do for religious reasons.
Routes around the world abound. Destinations range as far afield as Tibet or the Inca Trail to those closer to home such as Rome, Istanbul and Mecca.
And that’s not to forget the El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the granddaddy of them all where records of pilgrims’ visits date back over 1100 years.
However, here in Wales, we have our own and equally ancient pilgrimage route – the Welsh Camino which stretches 135 miles from Hollywell to Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island) 2 miles off the Llŷn Peninsula.
Centuries ago, the church decreed that three walks to Bardsey were equivalent to walking to Rome thus guaranteeing sainthood to the weary traveller.
Known as the Isle of 20,000 Saints Bardsey’s significance stems from the monastery built by Saint Cadfan early in the 6th century.
Only a tiny proportion of stones still stand to face out over Cardigan Bay, but the magic and mysticism endure – almost 1500 years on.
This week we have just printed a new batch of certificates given out to the intrepid walkers who have completed their epic journey.
Available from the National Trust shop at Aberdaron they are proof of how much we value the tangible.
When you want something lasting a digital timestamp or a QR code on your mobile phone just won’t do.
Food for thought, perhaps, this week?
But for now, …