|Cardinal Francisco Robles, archbishop of Monterrey, presided over the event, accompanied by (left to right) Br Noel Lozano, LC, and Legionary Fathers Alejandro Ortega, John Devlin, and José E. Martínez.|
April 7, 2009. This year, Regnum Christi youth in two
cities—Monterrey and Atlanta— took the initiative of preparing Via Crucis
events in their own cities to help people gain a
deeper experience of Christ’s passion and death.
Cardinal blesses Via Crucis
in Monterrey, Mexico
On Saturday, March 21, Regnum Christi youth organized
a Via Crucis in the baseball stadium in San Pedro,
Garza García, in the city of Monterrey. The Via Crucis
included readings and the traditional prayers of the Church, interspersed
with testimonies from people who have gone through difficult situations.
At the end, a giant cross in the center of
the stadium was illuminated with torches.
About 5,000 people attended,
and 12 Legionary priests were on hand to hear confessions.
To promote the event, the youth distributed 60,000 flyers throughout
the city, placing 50 promotional posters on parish bulletin boards
and advertising throughout the city.
Cardinal Francisco Robles, archbishop of
Monterrey presided over the event and gave his blessing to
the participants, thanking the organizers and inviting everyone to invite
more young people to participate in these sorts of activities.
at the Via Crucis in Atlanta
On April 5, 2009 (Palm
Sunday), Regnum Christi youth in Atlanta organized a Via Crucis
in St Andrew’s parish in Roswell, Georgia. The event began
with a welcome from David Center, a Regnum Christi coworker, who invited everyone to live the Via Crucis as
a true prayer.
|The flyer that the young men’s section put together to promote the event.|
Each station of the cross then unfolded
with a Gospel reading, an excerpt from The Passion of
the Christ projected onto a large screen, a few verses
of a Lenten song, a meditation, a closing prayer. Three
young men also gave their testimonies about how they found
Christ more deeply through suffering or through the experience of
One of the young men spoke about his own
deep conversion from years of drugs, drinking, and criminal behavior.
It was when he had hit his lowest point, sitting
in a solitary confinement cell in prison, that he saw
his life flash before his eyes from God’s perspective and
realized how much his sins had hurt Christ. In that
moment, he gave his life over to God and had
a profound experience of divine mercy, as well as a
calling to help others discover Christ more deeply. He is
currently a theology student at a Catholic college in the
Another young man, Jin Kim, spoke about the experience of
coming to study at Pinecrest Academy from Korea as an
exchange student changed the course of his life.
“I saw Christ
in the family I stayed with, and also in my
teachers and friends. I went to Church every Sunday with
my host family, and it was my favorite thing to
|Jin Kim (center) with two friends from Pinecrest Academy.|
do,” he said with a cheerful smile. His decision to
become Catholic soon followed, and after weeks of RCIA classes,
he is joining the Catholic Church this Easter.
“I have to
call this a miracle, I guess. Since I received so
much grace and love from Christ over these three years,
I wanted to share this love with others, so I’ve
decided to become a coworker next year.”
Another coworker, Enrique Samson,
shared his own experience of how Christ came to meet
him through suffering. After breaking both of his legs in
a dirt bike accident, he found himself totally helpless and
dependent on others to take care of him. It was
then his faith came to life, and the eventual decision
to give a year as a coworker was in part
because of a promise he had made to God during
that time. Since then, he has given two years as
The Via Crucis is a living story of generosity,
sacrifice, and charity. As the youth in Monterrey and Atlanta
showed by their apostolic zeal and by their own witness
of responding to grace, the cross of Christ is still
bearing fruits today.