Last night, we drove north of Birmingham to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament near Hanceville – known to you perhaps as Mother Angelica’s monastery.
You shoot up I-65 for about 40 minutes, and then get off exit 291, and drive for about 18 more miles until you get to acres and acres of land closed in by white fences and then the monastery:
The occasion was a presentation of the Stations of the Cross by the Cenacolo Community, a community of recovering addicts. There are foundations in the US here in Alabama and in Florida, invited to establish themselves by Bishop Baker, who has a deep heart for the marginalized, the poor and the outcast.
There were perhaps 300 people there to pray the Stations, offered in front of the church. The man and woman who portrayed Jesus and Mary gave brief witness talks before the presentation. The text of the Stations very clearly reflected the experiences of those who have experienced so much of life, especially modern life, as enslavement and a prison, and who have found true freedom in the love of Christ and the embrace of Mary.It was quite moving.
(A few more photos and a bit of video at Instagram. You can see the regular Instagram feed on the computer, but if you want to see Instagram Stories, you’ll have to access it on phone or tablet via the app.)