The ancient Christian practice of walking the Via Dolorosa or Via Crucis – the way of sorrows or way of the cross – invites pilgrims to prayerfully experience moments in Christ’s passion as they retrace his steps to Golgotha. In Jerusalem, pilgrims walk the world-worn steps of the Via Dolorosa until their journey concludes at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Around the world, in parishes and public spaces, and increasingly through the written word, we are all welcomed to walk the Way.
Indeed, the Way of the Cross calls us back to our own humanity by calling us deeper into relationship with Jesus. In relationship with Christ, we are not able to ignore the suffering of our fellow sisters and brothers. We are called to act.