On Good Friday I put together a quest for our Blue Knights group. We visited three churches from noon to two and found short lessons at each church related to the passion of our Lord. We completed our Quest with a boy led Stations of the Cross in our home chapel of St Micheal the Archangel at Regina Caeli Academy. You can view a complete report on our Blue Knight website.
The regular group of seven had six potential recruits and our teen mentor join us for a day. During our travels we also met with three other families and five more children. All total it was a joy to see nine families and nineteen children participate during the day. It was also wonderful to hear the boys sing, respond to complicated questions, and enjoy being with their fathers. Our mother daughter team was precious as well, teaching us a lesson from the women of Jerusalem.
The funniest moments were at St Benedict at both the beginning and end of Stations. When the thirteen boys marched in with capes and uniform colored shirts followed by Dads, people stopped and wondered who we were. You could actually hear the whispers and see the heads turn. I must admit it was a quiet but very visual spectacle. At the end of stations I could see the pastor observing the long row of boys...I know he did not know who we were and was wondering where we came from. I think I'll drop him a note and thank him.
It was awesome to have fathers on board taking time with their sons to learn lessons, and mothers who spend great amounts of time building classically formed children inside their homes. I could see how each family was not using a cookie cutter approach to evangelization. It was easy to see families identifying what each child in their family needed, and searching out different methods of teaching each child. It was inspiring, and motivated me to continue doing the same with my sons.
The most reflective moment was after the boys completed their stations. Two boys quickly noted as we reflected on the death of Christ, the clock struck three. The timing was not choreographed, but perfectly summed up our day traveling with Christ to and through the cross.
Thank you Jesus for letting us participate with your in your passion on this Good Friday.