College of Arts and Sciences

Walking and Standing

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Stations of the cross.

A Catholic tradition inviting participants into imaginative co-suffering.

I’ll admit: artistic manifestations of this devotion rarely resonate with me.

But this year, as Palm Sunday approaches, the 14 simple posters surrounding Bellarmine chapel struck a chord. For each moment in the cross-bearer’s journey, a simple prayer invokes a pernicious injustice.

And injustices have been on my mind.

Misogynist violence. Anti-Asian racism. Unwelcomed immigrants. Mass shootings.

The suffering is real, and it is among us. But what can we do?

To walk in the way of the cross, these posters remind me, is to stand against the causes of suffering.

We can walk, and we can stand.

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