Sunday, February 22, 2015

Little Sacrifices with Love

This past Friday the Children's Rosary led the Stations of the Cross at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford, Connecticut USA.  Seven children led those gathered.  We had two candle bearers, a boy carrying the cross and four other children reading at each station.  We were also graced with music by a member of the music ministry.

One family whose children helped with the Stations had grandparents visiting from France.  This lovely family is originally from Paris.  All three children speak both French and English. As we had a brief lull in the snow which seems to be almost continuous here in the Northeast there was a last minute hope that they might show their family Cape Cod before their departure.  Yet the family chose to forgo this little trip to stay home and help with leading the Stations.  A true sacrifice for the family.  Yet this was done with so much joy.  It was so beautiful to see their little daughter carrying a candle, their son the Cross and their older son reading.  As we moved from Station to station there was a beautiful reverence of the children.  As I looked to the side I noticed one women crying.  

As the evening came to a close, it was clear that many seemed in a special way touched that night.  I began to think of this little family who had sacrificed in such a beautiful way to help in honoring Our Lord's Passion.  How dear must such a gift be, given with love from a family to Our Lord.  This gift which allowed such pure little souls to come and carry His cross and hold vigil with a candle at the foot of the cross.  Indeed it was a special evening.


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