5.0 out of 5 stars Buen Camino!,
November 17, 2011
This review is from: The Way (DVD)While I was on a trip to Argentina and Chile with a group of teachers in the summer of 2002, Pam and Rick, a married couple from Maine also on the trip, mentioned to me several times that they thought I should look into going on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, since they knew I was a very devoted Catholic, and since I was discerning my call to the priesthood. At the time, I was a high school Spanish teacher living in Greenville, Mississippi, and a member of the Mississippi Teacher Corps from Ole Miss. I ended up walking the Camino in the summer of 2003 with my friend Nancy, one year before I entered seminary. I am now a priest in the Mississippi Delta - a long way from my upbringing in Chicago and southern California. It is amazing where our journeys take us. Being a pilgrim is all about the journey, about taking yourself out of the ordinary routine and putting yourself into God's hands. The pilgrims call out this encouragement to one another - "Buen Camino" - wishing each other a good road, a good journey.
The characters in The Way were all called to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela for different reasons. Many of us don't even know why were are called. And in the end, we never know how we are going to change. What is a "true pilgrim"? That was a discussion Martin Sheen and the other pilgrims had one evening on their journey in Spain. There probably is no good answer to that question. When you finish the Camino, you are asked for your motives for going. Many of the characters in that movie struggled with that question as well. Sometimes it is very difficult to put into words the way God is at work in our lives.
I do know that being a pilgrim is a big part of my identity today. The Camino is a big part of my life. I am planning to go back to Spain in April 2012. I am going to start the walk in Pamplona with three of my friends from Mississippi. Several others are meeting us in Leon about two week later to walk the last 200 miles with us.
This is a wonderful movie. The one thing that was not touched upon in the movie was the physical challenge that confronts many pilgrimages. My friend who walked the Camino with me got a bad foot infection on the very first day and was not able to walk much of The Way. I did not even have a blister, but my next Camino might be very different. This is a very inspiring, very spiritual movie. I applaud Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez for their efforts. We need more movies like this.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5VZKWcgw6cAug 22, 2011 - 3 min - Uploaded by movieclipsTRAILERS
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