Yo soy el camino, la verdad y la vida.
Sando loved his languages, and foremost was Spanish.
I was never sure whether the food and wine were the ‘bonus’ to his linguistic talent, or simply necessary to access the wine and the food!
When he spoke Spanish he became more animated than usual.
I would joke that he probably was just reciting some song lyrics by Julio Iglesias which he had learnt by heart.
I think he probably saw himself more as the son than the father, the youthful Enrique rather than the senior Julio.
I am the Way, the truth and the life.
Early Christians were known as followers of the way.
The ‘way’ was a direction, a movement.
The institution of religion can seem the very opposite.
Solid but stood still.
Jesus and his followers were always on the move.
Pilgrimage was, and is, faith on the move.
Yet the churches and cathedrals stand waiting for those on the way.
Sando seemed to be both.
His was tall and well dressed.
He spoke in more refined English tones and loved cricket.
He was taught in boarding school and also taught in boarding school.
Yet he never stood still.
(Despite my own belief that five day test cricket was nothing more than standing still.)
He moved, like the way.
We met each other, and we met others along the way.
Many pilgrims who have walked El Camino de Santiago realise that the journey begins but never ends.
Attending the final Pilgrim’s Mass in Santiago de Compostella is simply a milestone on the way.