Rick Dietz, Franciscan Life Center
On Good Friday, April 18, 39 people participated in the annual Walk for Peace. They walked in silence stopping at 11 places along the route that started at the convent and went down along Broadway Avenue and back. They stopped to pray at St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Shelley Funeral Home, Sheriff’s Office, county jail and courthouse, Bank Square, Veteran’s Memorial, Maple Island Park, First United Church, St. Francis Health and Rec and Alverna Apartments/St. Otto’s Care Center.
It was a time to pray together remembering the needs and suffering of members of our community. If we recall the conversion story of St. Paul, Jesus asks him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me.” And Paul asks, “Who are you?” The answer comes, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.” In light of this answer we see that, if members of our community suffer, Jesus suffers also. So this walk on Good Friday remembers the suffering of Jesus in history at Calvary, but also the suffering of Jesus in our community here today. It is a great way to bring to mind the dual understanding of the suffering of Jesus on a cool crisp Good Friday morning in Little Falls.