“Why make this journey if that is what you truly believe, my son? We are all meant to help the others on the road,” Brother Daniel said. Salvador noticed his annoying habit of answering a question with another question. “You are excited to see the Catedral, no?”
“I’m not looking for any stupid relics or any ‘love thy neighbor’ preaching. I only want to see the riches of Santiago,” Salvador said. Would he be punished for speaking honestly? “Is it so bad to want wealth and new experiences—a clear path, a clean bed, even a clean robe?” He tested Brother Daniel’s patience, ¿y por qué no? he’d soon escape the control of the Brothers.
“Is this the only prayer you take with you into the Catedral?” Brother Daniel asked. “What if God has a job waiting for a strong, honest boy in Santiago? Would that be enough of a new experience for you?” Salvador watched him closely. Did Brother Daniel make fun of him? Sal wanted to be good, but every time he tried, someone, like Brother Santana, hurt him. Could God really understand the pain in his heart and still have use for him?
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