On Sunday, June 12, I took part in a walking pilgrimage organized by the Sister Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (As an aside, this is a very faithful order of sisters with a Franciscan charism, prayer, reparation, and apostolate. They are a great order to consider if you are a woman discerning religious life.)
This was the first Sunday I spent in Cresson at my parish assignment for the parishes of Saint Francis Xavier and Saint Aloysius.
Many of the pilgrims took turns carrying a simple wooden cross to offer prayers of petition and reparation. Many people are in need of God’s mercy and this sharing in the cross of Christ is a powerful form of prayer.
What a day this was for the diocese, which has been suffering a great deal lately. I can only pray it was a graced moment for all the participants, young and old, religious, cleric, and lay, as well as for the whole diocese. What a way to spend the first Sunday on my assignment in Cresson. We prayed together, enjoyed one another’s company, and walked several miles together. The sun was shining but the breeze was blowing, keeping us from becoming too warm. What a gift from God! Thank you to the Sisters for organizing this event, the priests who availed themselves to absolve us of our sins, and the many pilgrims. We are all united: sinners seeking the mercy of God, revealed to us in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.