Looking for a movie that fits into the mood of Holy Week? Try The Way on Netflix.
Created by Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen, along with co-producer David Alexanian, The Way is a lovely story about people, their individual quests and how they intertwine as they make their way on the Santiago de Compostela, home of the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the city’s cathedral, as destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route originated in the 9th century.
Sheen sees a great takeaway in the film for American families.
“People are beginning to focus on, well, what is really important,” he says. “Families are starting to come together, starting to eat together. They’re not on the run all the time. There’s nowhere to run now. They’re forced to relate to one another; and they’re finding value in things that they’d overlooked because of this mass media and the hustle and bustle and anxiety of modern life. It’s taken its toll. And maybe there’s something going on, spiritually, that we had not anticipated. God works in very, very mysterious ways. Maybe something’s going on that is going to cause a rising in people that is going to be grace-filled for all of us.”
“In the old days, those cathedrals were built so that they could be seen from many, many miles away. The pilgrims would see them, and it would inspire them to keep going because it was like an image of Heaven,” Sheen says. “They would stay for long periods once they got there. So it’s not just a passing thing; it was life-changing.”
“Each step is a prayer when you’re out there. You generally start out with a lot of stuff because you want to be prepared for whatever happens. As you go, you begin to have confidence and you begin to realize you over packed, and you begin to disperse all the stuff,” Sheen says. “The real pilgrimage begins on the inside, and you begin to let go of all the things you’ve been holding on to in the dungeon of your heart. You begin to let that one go that you couldn’t forgive. You begin to stop being judgmental, and envious, and angry, and selfish, and resentful, and all the dark parts of our spirit begin to be released.”
Destinations keep us determined to persevere, but it’s what we learn on the journey that matters. God has His own way to help us learn as we traverse this life.
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