stations of the cross hike on Palm Sunday

I’m planning to lead a Stations of the Cross hike at Oak Hill Cemetery in Minneapolis on Palm Sunday, which is also the day that World Youth Day is celebrated in the local churches of the world.

I’ve chosen this location because a friend of mine, Lars Nelson, is buried here. Lars was a member of the Catholic young adult community in the Twin Cities and active in the local chapter of the Frassati Society. Lars died in February of 2018.

If you live in the Twin Cities and are able to attend, you are more than welcome to join me. Here are the details:

WHEN: Sunday, April 14, 2019 – 2 pm

WHERE: Oak Hill Cemetery, 5901 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN  55419 (meet inside the entrance on Lyndale Avenue – click here for a map of the property)

WHAT:  Praying the Stations of the Cross. Click here to download/print the prayers.

Before we begin the prayer hike, we’ll read a portion of the homily that Pope Francis gave at World Youth Day 2019 in Panama.  A brief snip:

The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them: ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing’ (Luke 4:20-21)

“We may possess everything, but if we lack the passion of love, we will have nothing. Let us allow the Lord to make us fall in love!

For Jesus, there is no “meantime,” but only a merciful love that wants to enter into and win over our hearts. He wants to be our treasure, because he is not a “meantime,” an interval in life or a passing fad; he is generous love that invites us to entrust ourselves.

He is concrete, close, real love. He is festive joy, born of opting for and taking part in the miraculous draught of hope and charity, solidarity and fraternity, despite the paralyzed and paralyzing gaze born of fear and exclusion, speculation and manipulation.

Brothers and sisters, the Lord and his mission are not a “meantime” in our life, something temporary; they are our life!

In a special way throughout these days, Mary’s fiat has been whispering like a kind of music in the background. She not only believed in God and in his promises as something possible, she believed God himself and dared to say “yes” to taking part in this now of the Lord. She felt she had a mission; she fell in love and that decided everything.

As in the synagogue of Nazareth, the Lord stands up again among us his friends and acquaintances; he takes the book and says to us “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Lk 4:21).

Do you want to live out your love in a practical way? May your “yes” continue to be the gateway for the Holy Spirit to give us a new Pentecost for the world and for the Church.”

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