South African poet Roy Campbell (1901-1957) was an adult convert to Catholicism. Campbell's piety was eccentric but sincere.
Once, when his wife chided him about being irregular in his attendance at Mass, he made this startling reply: "Ninety per cent of Christian doctrine you can throw away. But what means something to me is that a man hung on the Cross for me. That's what I hold on to.”
That’s what we all hold on to. The passion of Christ is one of the central mysteries of the Christian faith.
God became man, participated fully in our humanity and then died an agonizing death on the cross to save us all from sin and death.
The liturgy of the Stations of the Cross invites worshippers to “enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts” whereby God has given us eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“Mighty acts” indeed! Can we even begin to contemplate either those “mighty acts” or the love that moved Creator of the Universe to make that cosmic condescension for our sakes?
This year, beginning at noon on Friday, February 16, and continuing for the next five Fridays during Lent, I will be leading the Stations of the Cross in the nave of Palmer Church. I warmly invite my fellow Palmers and any other pilgrims who care to join us, to “enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts” whereby God has given us eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We will gather first at the doors of Palmer to join Father Neil Willard for a brief prayer for world reconciliation, and then proceed to the nave for the Stations.