Bernardo M. Villegas
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Following the Footsteps of Christ (Part 4)
           The Sorrowful mysteries coincide with some of the Stations of the Cross or the Via Dolorosa.  Our pilgrim group walked along the Stations of the Cross at least twice.  On the very first day, our guide showed us the fourteen stations in a cursory manner as we trooped to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, which contained the last five stations.  During the second opportunity, we actually prayed at each station, reading the meditations contained in the famous book of St. Josemaria Escriva on the fourteen stations.  I had the privilege of reading aloud these points for meditation as we moved from one station to another.  We had to make a special effort to concentrate on praying with devotion because we were surrounded along the way by commercial stores with very enterprising sales people shouting “One dollar only for 12 rosaries” and other similar sales chants.  When someone commented later that the atmosphere must have been very different from the times of Jesus, someone correctly retorted that it must have been worse 2,000 years ago in the Temple to provoke Our Lord to use a whip to drive the merchants out of the Temple for making the House of His Father “a den of thieves.”