Monday, July 18, 2011

Called to be More highlights -- #9

Highlight #9 – Giving away the cross

On our retreat day before we began walking, each pilgrim was given a small crucifix to carry during the walk as a symbol of uniting ourselves to Christ and the cross. At one parish, I noticed a pilgrim giving his cross to a young boy (about 10 years old). He entrusted the crucifix to him, giving him advice about staying close to God, caring for his family and being open to God’s plan for him. It was a touching moment to watch one young man pass on to another the joy and responsibility of carrying the cross. The little boy was also quite moved, and I noticed later that he had tears in his eyes as he held his new tiny crucifix.

I wonder what role that seemingly simple gesture will play in his future vocation.

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