An update from Jennifer's Instagram account on Thursday, April 28:
Finished 100 miles. Left Navarre and entered La Rioja. The the road did rise to meet me. The wind was mostly at my back. The sun shone warmly on my face twice. The rain has fallen gently on the fields and everywhere I’ve been. God must be holding me in the palm of God’s hand.
The Way with Martin Sheen (2010) tells the story of Tom Avery who is notified that his son Daniel has died in a storm on his first day of pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. Tom goes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to bring Daniel’s body home but decides to have him cremated so that he may carry Daniel’s ashes and complete his pilgrimage for him.
I think it is a good story and well done. But an important thing for me watching the movie and thinking of Jennifer’s pilgrimage was that the entire film was made on the actual Camino de Santiago and that most of the scenes were out on the Camino. There were occasional brief scenes in hostels and restaurants, but by far the greatest amount of footage was of Tom and three fellow pilgrims out on the Camino and finally arriving at the Cathedral de Santiago in Spain. It was wonderful to see the scenery that pilgrims experience as well as to get a sense of the different kinds of terrain and paths that the pilgrims walk. They travel on paved areas in towns, narrow grass and dirt paths, paths between the rows of plants on a farm, to steep rocky mountainous areas.
Three cheers and lots of prayers for Jennifer and all the pilgrims traveling with her!
The Way is available for streaming on Amazon Prime as well as on DVD or Blu-ray from your local library.