Posted: Feb 15, 2020 12:01 AM
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There were women weeping in a chapel here. One named Veronica was something like inconsolable. She was talking about the crucifixion of Christ as if it was happening right then and there. She was feeling it. She was overwhelmed by the love of a God who would save humanity from the misery of sin and finality of death by coming into the world as a baby and dying such a brutal death.
Through their tears, women were giving thanks to God for a successful three-day mission here at America’s largest Catholic parish, St. Matthew’s, led by a group of largely lay missionaries called Hard as Nails.
The mission — which is basically a retreat over a few days — came just weeks before the start of the 40-day season of Lent, which prepares hearts for the celebration of Easter.
These women were particularly overwhelmed because Father Peter John Cameron, a Dominican priest who is the director of information at Hard as Nails and a well-respected