I'm a convert to the faith. I admit there are a few things I have difficulty with -- usually on the level of relics (the collecting of bones, hair, fabrics that touch them, etc. but specifically the rivalry between competing shrines and the stealing of each other's relics). Such things baffle me, but I trust there's something I just don't get about it.
I do understand the Station Churches of Lent. Interesting, and a blessed opportunity for those who are there, but this "churchathon" is not the same. It's so Not The Same that I am embarrassed as a Catholic that authentic Catholics thought it up. Really? People were "amazed" in Rome at the sight of seminarians? And they prayed so fervently? For what, 2 minutes with a camera on them, and then raced to the next church? I understand fraternity, fundraising and fun. But when acts of piety are seen as x's in a box (like our commitment cards) it seems that usual Legion utilitarianism has no prudent boundaries.
Is this really part of the Church I joined?
This piece is a little more reverent, but reminds us that the whole city is waiting for them (that maddening self-absorption we've come to expect).
ADDENDUM: Nicole Winfield reminds us how it should be done.