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Dalton parish' staging Stations of The Cross as Easter pilgrimage to faith

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) -- Technology may have changed the tools. But the fundamentals of preparation, for their spiritual journey of reparations--are as solid as their faith itself.

"The Stations of the Cross are supposed to evoke strong emotions," says  Father Paul Williams, Pastor of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Dalton.

"They're to meditate on the Passion of our Lord. It's supposed to bring about a change in our own hearts."

The tongue , the tradition, is Spanish; for ninety percent of Saint Joseph's Parish is Hispanic.

But belief breaks down any language barrier. And brings out faithful by the hundreds.

Malcolm Fain converted to Catholicism four years ago.

"Whatever denomination you are, you come out and see the Stations of the Cross," he says.
"Everybody can relate to it, that's what makes it so special."

Dozens of parishioners dress in period garb to portray the Passion from betrayal to crucifixion.

We see Jesus come before Pilate, beaten but not broken. We hear a Roman Governor who would rather pass the buck, than render judgement.

"This is the most important story in history, I believe, by my faith," Ringgold's Jay Fowler says.

Fowler, and his 12 year old son Jonathon are Presbyterians.

But both have come to St. Joseph's believing the Catholic tradition captures the essence of their Savior's suffering.

"It's way different having it actually in front of you," Jonathon Fowler says.

"You can see it in real life instead of just reading it and not knowing what it looked like."

"The soldiers, the crowd, it really is that Jesus, though God, is also human, in flesh," Jay Fowler says. ''And that he had to suffer like this.

Judged. Taunted. Shoved. Spurned. We see Jesus watch as Pilate opts to free another prisoner, Barabbas, during Passover, knowing that condemns him to being crucified.

Everyone has a chance to identify with our Lord and the Cross," Father Paul says.

"And the sufferings of our own lives, that they see in Jesus' sufferings>"

Fourteen stations. Fourteen moments of reflection.

"When he fell, for the third time, it always takes me back," Fain says.

"It's a special feeling for me. When we fail or fall at anything, we need to get up."

Strength. Steadfastness. Renewal.

"This event reminds us that our Lord endured that passion and shared it with us," Father Paul says.

"The extraordinary helps make the ordinary events of our time all the more meaningful."

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