As I bask in the light of Easter joy, I remember what made this possible. I recall the sacrifice Jesus made on Good Friday for each and every one of us. On this most recent Good Friday morning I looked out the window of our Youth Apostles house in McLean and saw a long procession of minivans and cars. Our circle was so full that many of them had to park on the street. Moms and dads, children young and old emerged from their vehicles. They were all coming to the Stations of the Cross at the Youth Apostles house.
Fr. Ramon Dominguez, YA has done a Holy Half Hour on the first Friday of each month for a number of years now. Children of all ages come with their moms and dads to a special half hour of adoration in our chapel and then snacks and playtime downstairs. There have been a few years where Good Friday falls on the first Friday of the month. It is on those years that instead of adoration, Fr. Ramon has done the Stations of the Cross.
When it is a nice day they will use the outdoor Stations of the Cross on the path between the Youth Apostles house and St. John the Beloved Catholic Church. However, on this particular Good Friday it was raining, which, while somewhat unfortunate, seemed very fitting. Fr. Ramon was already prepared for Plan B which was doing the Stations of the Cross in our chapel. There I was, watching about 60 parents and children file into the chapel. Fr. Ramon was amazingly calm with all the noise and activity around him. He had one child volunteer to hold the cross at each station. As they went from one station to the next I could tell that the children were anxiously awaiting their turn to hold the cross.
What a beautiful sight this was! So many families were able to pray and participate in the Stations of the Cross. All the children were certainly making a joyful noise to the Lord but at Youth Apostles they were in good company. I couldn’t help but think back to the actual Stations of the Cross over 2,000 years ago. I am sure there must have been an enormous amount of noise and bustling around. Yet there were many people like Simon of Cyrene and the weeping women who were touched by seeing Jesus as He carried His cross. I am grateful Fr. Ramon provided this opportunity for families to gather and be touched by these same events!
Jonathan Mundell is a lifetime Consecrated Full Member in Youth Apostles. He recently made his lifetime consecration on December 13, 2014. He is currently serving as the Vocations Promoter for Youth Apostles.