Recently, my husband Dave and I went to see a new film titled “The Way.” This particular film, starring actor Martin Sheen and his son, Emilio Estevez, was especially appealing to me, since I had been to Santiago, Spain in June 2010. “The way of St. James,” known as El Camino de Santiago in Spain, is a journey and intimate experience unique to each pilgrim who travels it, whether by walking a few miles or the entire 600 miles.
The route is a trek across Spain, originating from different countries, with breathtaking views of mountains, meadows and forests. The path leads pilgrims to the the final resting place of St. James, the apostle, at the ancient cathedral of Santiago de Campostela. According to legend, the remains of the apostle James were transported by ship from Jerusalem to the north of Spain, where they were rediscovered in the 9th century. For more than 1,000 years pilgrims have been walking along the Camino de Santiago.
In the film, Martin Sheen’s son loses his life on the journey due to inclement weather. His father tries to retrace his son’s steps, finding healing and self enlightenment along the way.
He discovers many facets of the human spirit both in himself and in the others he meets on his journey. I highly recommend this excellent film and offer you,”buen camino” or “good walk,” the wish given to pilgrims you meet along the Way.