Inspiration — Station to Station
By Felix Carroll (Jun 5, 2013)
Just as expected.
The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy's life-size Stations of the Cross, unveiled last September, are providing pilgrims with a powerful spiritual experience. Now, with the summer pilgrimage season beginning, the Stations give yet one more reason to visit.
"I went from Station to Station and was just moved to tears," says Alison Rose of Long Island, N.Y. "I had always struggled with doing the Stations because I would find my mind wandering."
But, she says, it's impossible for your mind to wander when walking Eden Hill's Stations "because it's so visceral. It's as if Christ is walking the road to Calvary right before your eyes, and all you can do is pray and try to be like the Blessed Mother in loving Him and seeking to console Him and just be with Him."
From Jesus being sentenced to death to His body being placed in the sepulcher, the 14 Stations begin and end near the entrance to the Shrine. In all, 52 bronze sculptures by the classically trained Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz comprise the Stations, which are set against breathtaking mountain views of western Massachusetts. The project, three years in the making, was funded by a generous donor.
The Stations, says Anita Morris of Schenectady, N.Y., "speak to Jesus' love for us. Just look at what He did for us."
Do you want to know more about the Stations? We've put together a special webpage that includes articles, a slideshow, and videos. Please visit thedivinemercy.org/stations.