Second Sunday of Easter
Divine Mercy Sunday
It may seem unusual that the last Station Church should be one of the minor basilicas in Rome, the Basilica of St Pancras on the Janiculum Hill. The basilica is dedicated to the boy martyr, Pancras, a native of Phrygia who was put to death in Rome around the year 303. He came to Rome after his parents's death to live with his uncle. He converted to the faith at the age of fourteen, but as a member of the aristocracy his conversion was not appreciated. Attempts to make him recant failed, so he was beheaded. His body was buried in the catacombs and later translated to the site where this basilica is now standing. The basilica is in the care of our Order, the Discalced Carmelites.
St Pancras's faith is in striking contrast to St Thomas's doubts, and he is one of those whom Jesus refers to when blesses those who have not seen him but yet believe. His faith is true, deep, personal. He is truly hidden with Christ in God - the simplicity of his basilica is a reminder to us that while alive with Easter faith we must always aim to nurture a deep, simple and authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.