Youths hike and reflect on Christ’s sufferings

The rain poured during the early hours of morning until sunrise, but that did not deter 50 youths from participating in the City Parish Youth Way of the Cross on April 6.

Apr 12, 2019

By Aaron Lim
The rain poured during the early hours of morning until sunrise, but that did not deter 50 youths from participating in the City Parish Youth Way of the Cross on April 6.

The event was organised as part of the parish’s Lenten activities, allowing youths to exercise through hiking whilst reflecting on the passion of Christ along their journey.

Notably, the hiking saw a large presence of students from Sarawak and Sabah who came from ILKKM Pergigian (dental college), Institut Pendidikan Guru (teaching college) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

“It is great to see so many young people coming together for a morning hike,” said parish priest Msgr Aloysius Tan who hopes that they will continue to bond and grow in faith.

The four-hour hike scaling Penang Hill Route No 39 and return to Youth Park was an arduous journey for some, yet the participants displayed determination in completing the route.

A few stops were made along the journey, as participants reflected on the Stations of the Cross whilst singing hymns of praise to God.

Most participants remarked that it was a new experience to hike and follow the Way of the Cross, in contrast with the Friday devotion being done in church.

“It is good to connect ourselves with nature, and the experience made me realise that Jesus is with us through good and bad times and to believe in God’s mercy and love,” said Gloria Ann, who looks forward to more youth activities in future.

Another participant, Eric Chow, said though he felt bad dragging the group’s pace due to fatigue, he was thankful that everyone was willing to walk together with him, and that the prayers helped to increase his faith.

“The entire hike was spiritually fulfilling, and you can learn from those who felt tired on the journey; they did not give up, but rather took up the cross and finished the journey,” said Gabriela Natasha Rapa’ee.

While enjoying the beautiful scenery of Penang, Grace Gan remarked that there was joy and laughter as all participants motivated and took care of one another.

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