Pilgrimages, or, “Life is Too Big to Walk it Alone”: “The Way” by Sheen and Estevez*

Photo credit: Alessandro Oucci

Arriving at your destination is not actually the goal, but rather the journey itself – a metaphor for life obviously, as so many spiritual and secular thinkers alike have written – and the journey can be the all in all.

Appropriately, last night I was one of 2500 lucky people to attend a preliminary screening of Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez’s new film, “The Way,” about a father’s journey along the ancient pilgrimage route of El Camino de Santiago in northern Spain after the death of his son in France at the beginning of the Camino. Be sure to see the trailer HERE and spread the word about this film, which will rend your heart and soul in so many ways. Sheen and Estevez tell a wonderful, uplifting story about the role of the spiritual in everyday life, whatever form the spiritual may take for you.

Tomorrow I leave on a pilgrimage of a sorts, to Paris and Aix-en-Provence, all the photos and comments of the past month hinting of this journey to come. What I have not said could fill volumes, but I fully expect this journey to be life-transforming in many ways. I plan to share as much as possible by posting on this blog the things that  I see, do, and think, for  – as is clear from the title of this post: “Life is Too Big to Walk it Alone.”

For more about El Camino, see my previous, extended post:

Peregrinations and Pilgrimages: Legendary Scallops

*Slogan of “The Way’s” advertising campaign.