Saturday, April 7, 2012

Via Crucis

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world. 
The Crucifix on my desk.
I remember seven years ago watching on television the stations of cross in Rome. They showed Bl. Pope John Paul II praying along with the people gathered at the Colosseum from a chair in his room. He was very sick. Little did I know that seven years later I'd be standing in that crowd gathered to pray on the evening of Good Friday with the Holy Father.

It was a real blessing and a grace to walk down to the Colosseum on Friday night in order to join the thousands of pilgrims to meditate on the 'Way of the Cross'. These year's meditations were written by a family in the Focolare movement. The meditations were really powerful because they focused on the importance of the family in our society. It also brought to light some of the grave challenges families face today.

Afterwards the Holy Father delivered a few remarks and imparted upon us his apostolic blessing. On the way home, I was talking to a friend and we commented on just how tired the pope must be during these days. Especially considering he had just completed a grueling visit to Mexico and Cuba. So in these last hours of the Easter Triduum, remember to say a little pray for our Holy Father.