Tomorrow I’m off to Milwaukee for their Lifelong Faith Formation Conference…I’m presenting a session on the Old Testament.
I did a quick look ahead to this coming Monday’s session and I find that we will be focusing on the Cross of Jesus and our understanding of suffering. Our textbook points out the fact that vivid portrayals of the Crucifixion did not become commonplace until Middle Ages when suffering was so prevalent in the lives of so many people because of disease and wars. St. Francis of Assisi and his followers, the Franciscans, were responsible for promoting devotion to the Cross of Jesus, especially through the practice of praying the Stations of the Cross.
I’m thinking that this Monday will be a good time to introduce the young people to the Rosary during this Month of the Holy Rosary. In particular, we will pray the Sorrowful Mysteries since we will be focusing on the Cross of Jesus. I hope to help the young people recognize the Rosary as a form of meditative prayer that brings us closer to Jesus through his Mother, Mary.
I’ll be back on Friday!