There are so many sermons which could be brought out of this film, I have watched it time and again; each time I find something new. (It also makes me want to pack my bag and go walking…)
The strongest point for me is where Tom says to his son “my life here might not seem like much to you, but it’s the life I choose”, Daniel’s reply is “you don’t choose a life Dad, you live one“.
Such a simple statement… one that as a Christian through my faith I would say – ‘I choose to live life… by following Christ’.
If you have not seen this film before, it is one I would recommend as a very good film.
A Pilgrim’s Prayer to St. James
This is an ancient prayer that comes at the end of the Pilgrim Mass said along the Camino de Santiago:
O God, who brought your servant Abraham out of the land of the Chaldeans, protecting him in his wanderings, who guided the Hebrew people across the desert, we ask that you watch over us, your servants, as we walk in the love of your name to Santiago de Compostela.
Be for us our companion on the walk,
Our guide at the crossroads,
Our breath in our weariness,
Our protection in danger,
Our albergue (Shelter) on the Camino,
Our shade in the heat,
Our light in the darkness,
Our consolation in our discouragements,
And our strength in our intentions.
So that with your guidance we may arrive safe and sound at the end of the Road and enriched with grace and virtue we return safely to our homes filled with joy.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Apostle Santiago, pray for us.
Santa Maria, pray for us.