Date night is not the same as it was before we had our child. In fact, I think every night before having our child was “date night” compared to now. While this is not to say that we don’t love our sweet, spirited, hysterical toddler, many parents understand the difficulty in finding the time and energy to plan a successful “date night” out of the house, even if it is just for a few hours. So, one of the ways that my husband and I spend quality time together is by watching new and favorite movies, television programs and documentaries. We call it our “Date Night In.”
While scrolling through my Instagram feed a few weeks ago, I came across the documentary called Footprints: The Path of Your Life which was highly recommended by ChurchPop. Since my late grandfather always used to read the Footprints in the Sand poem to me while I was growing up, the name of the documentary spoke to me. Plus, my husband’s name is James, so I figured it would be something that he would like to watch as well. I took ChurchPop’s advice and added it to our watch list. Without spoiling the documentary for you or giving anything away, let’s just say that I am glad we watched it!
Footprints: The Path of Your Life is a documentary film based on the “story of 11 men who walked the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James to reach Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of St. James the Greater lie.” The men faced "a 500-mile, 40-day trek that will challenge their strength and faith." This walk, or camino in Spanish, is “a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James north-west Spain,” Santiago Compostela, the official website for the walk explains on their website.
Each year, hundreds of people flock to walk the Camino de Santiago. However, this is no ordinary walk or hike. The men from the Footprints: The Path of Your Life documentary and hundreds of other walkers face an almost 500-mile hike, walking for hours and hours each day, sometimes without rest, carrying a backpack of their food, water, supplies, clothing, etc…while exposed to the elements. Phew!
Prior to watching the film, I had the basic understanding that Saint James the Greater was one of the first disciples of Jesus Christ. He was the brother of John the Apostle and they were both fishermen. John was with him at the Sea of Galilee when Jesus instructed them to “dip their nets in the water” after they had been unable to catch any fish that day. When they pulled the nets up from the water, it was full of fish, so much so that the boat that they were in nearly sank. It was also Saint James, his brother John and another disciple, Peter, who were on the mountain with Jesus to witness His Transfiguration.
After watching Footprints: The Path of Your Life, I not only learned so much more about Saint James but also found myself reflecting on many parallels from what the walkers faced to my life and the struggles, triumphs and blessings that I have encountered, not only in the past few years as a wife and then mother, but even years ago.
One of the more poignant facts that I learned after watching the film is that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint James and asked that he build a church, which he did and this Church remains to this day. It made me realize that while I pray the Rosary each day as a devotion to our Blessed Virgin Mary, sometimes I need to be quieter to listen to see what she needs from me.
It was a pleasure watching these men as they faced this daunting yet life-changing journey and I highly recommend everyone watch Footprints: The Path of Your Life to not only learn more about Saint James but to hopefully find some inspiration as well.
I especially recommend watching the Footprints documentary today, in celebration of Saint James’s feast day, which is July 25th!
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As always, thank you for reading. God bless you and may the Blessed Virgin Mary be with you always!