Sunday, March 16, 2014

Carpe Diem Special #82, The Pilgrimage to Santiago De Compostela (part 8) Agape

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Well here it is the delayed special of yesterday. We are going on with our pilgrimage to Santaigo De Compostela together with Paulo Coelho and his companion Petrus.
In the last special we arrived at Logrono were a big celebration took place. Paulo and his companion left that town very fast and are now again on their way to Santiago De Compostela.
Paulo and Petrus are strong men and while on their pilgrimage they talk a lot. As we encounter them again they are talking about agape, but what is agape? Petrus tells us what agape is:

[...] "Agape is total love. It is the love that consumes the person who experiences it. Whoever knows and experiences agape learns that nothing else in the world is important – just love. This was the kind of love that Jesus felt for humanity, and it was so great that it shook the stars and changed the course of history. His solitary life enabled him to accomplish things that kings, armies, and empires could not. ‘During the millennia of Christian civilization, many individuals have been seized by this love that consumes. They had so much to give – and their world demanded so little that they went out into the deserts and to isolated places, because the love they felt was so great that it transformed them. They became the hermit saints that we know today. ‘For you and for me, who experience a different form of agape, this life may seem terrible. But the love that consumes makes everything else – absolutely everything – lose its importance. Those men lived just to be consumed by their love.’" [...] (Source: The PIlgrimage by Paulo Coelho)


Here we learn what agape really is. It's unconditional love for all and everything. This is what Paulo had to learn again and through this lesson he is a step closer to regaining his sword what he lost a while ago. This lesson he needed to grow further. For this he went on his way to Santiago de Compostela.

without exceptions built in
live agape

(c) Chèvrefeuille

Without agape I couldn't live or excist. It's that strong unconditional love that makes me who I am an oncology-nurse and a haiku-poet. Without agape I couldn't do what I do. This agape is why I post every day a new episode to share my love, my unconditional love with you all my dear Haijin.
This love is very strong and in this time of year, when we are on our way to Easter, this love will become stronger. This time of year we call 'Lent'.

Narcissus Poeticus

narcissus bloom
shining their light on our path -
He has risen

(c) Chèvrefeuille

This Special episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until March 19th 11.59 AM (CET). Our next episode will be, Sankakuji (temple 65).


  1. indeed, in the season of Lent yet we celebrate another resurrection Sunday

    much love...

  2. A huge topic there, and dealt with so well.

  3. Wonderful haiku and personal comments on agape, Chèvrefeuille. It's the strongest, purest love in the universe...