Way of the Cross: Duluth 2010

For the past few years, I have walked the Way of the Cross in Duluth with members of Communion and Liberation. We carry the cross in silence, beginning on the campus of the College of St. Scholastica, past a residential area to the University of Minnesota Duluth, into a commercial district, and then on to the Cathedral.  Because of rain (and threatened thunderstorms) I only took a phone camera this year:

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One of the readings from the writings of Fr. Giussani had an especially profound meaning in the context of news of scandal in Ireland, in Germany, in Wisconsin.  Earlier in the day, a friend had mentioned how hard it was to remain a Catholic when the Church clearly had so many sinful members, and has not dealt well with them.  I certainly share the shock and outrage, but I don’t feel like leaving the Church – rather, like loving it and working to heal it.  Pondering those thoughts as we walked, I was truly moved by Fr. Giussani’s words:

“God who came among men goes to the scaffold: defeated, a failure; a moment, a day, three days of nothingness, in which everything is finished.  This is the condition, the condition of sacrifice in its most profound meaning: it appears to be a failure, it appears not to succeed, it appears that the others are rights.  Remaining with Him as His Mother did – only this faithfulness brings us, sooner or later, to the experience that no one outside the Christian Community can have in this world, the experience of the resurrection.”

“And we can leave Him for another love, we can leave this Christ who moves into death to deliver us from evil so that we may change, so that the Eternal Father may regenerate in us what the crime of forgetfulness has outstripped! This man throws himself onto the cross to brandish it, to embrace it, to be nailed on it, to die, to be one with that wood: ‘Will we leave him for another love?’  This man pours out his blood for us and shall we leave him for another love?”

Msgr. Luigi Giussani, Meditation on the Rosary

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