Feastival of St. Isaac Jogues
For those who made the historic Walk with Christ the last three years, you know the sense of peace and presence of Christ was truly palpable. We likely will never know the divine benefits we may have received personally, for our families, our parish, and our towns, by being followers of Christ in such a great public display of our Faith, but let me just share a few incredible impressions from each year’s Procession.
2014 Procession: The day following the Procession, a woman miraculously escaped her vehicle without injury before it was struck by a Metra train in Hinsdale (we too traversed these tracks with Christ), and three days after our Procession, the abortion clinic in town was listed for sale-yes, three days.
2015 Procession: On the day of the Procession there were the worst, violent, thunderstorms, but God gave us a brief two hour window perfectly timed so we could walk with Jesus before the skies again opened up to more damaging storms. Also as we approached the train tracks to cross into Hinsdale we encountered a long, slow moving freight train which prevented us from crossing, but as we approached the tracks the train ended and we processed into Hinsdale without stopping. Apparently Jesus doesn’t wait for trains.
2016 Procession: Following a reverent Mass celebrated Ad Orientem, the faithful exited the church, grabbed candles and began the surreal walk with Jesus as the sun began to set. Once we arrived at Notre Dame everyone spontaneously placed their lit candles in front of the giant statue of Our Lady, forming a beautiful, loving, glowing grotto. Following Adoration, we enjoyed ice cream, food truck fare, and Christian fellowship, as a seminarian, former seminarian, and a priest played Praise and Worship music.