What an idea, Karen! One in each state. There are battles regarding Christmas Nativity displays and even saying "Merry Christmas" vs "Happy Holidays". Wouldn't it be something if someone with some unused private land would allow a space to become a Hill of Crosses. It could be something people could pursue through their dioceses, then getting the word out to each parish, announcing it at Mass and in the bulletins, making it a school project...... the possibilities abound here! Anyone excited by this idea and interested in trying to make it happen?
I think one in each state would be fine. But, wouldn't one gigantic hill of crosses somewhere in the country be better - a HUGE statement. Someplace that people could pilgrimage to. And, yes it would have to be on private land to avoid the ACLU. And, just think crosses are a universal Christian symbol - not just Catholic. Think of the grand holy place this could be. The question would be where. First of all, someplace with a hill. Secondly, private land that could be donated or bought with donations. Thirdly, fairly accessible from anywhere in the country - ie. within an hour or two from a major airport. Thirdly, either somewhere in the midsection of the country (so equally accessible from both coasts) or perhaps within a couple hours of our nations' capitol perhaps. A thought that occurred to me immediately was the LaCrosse Wisconsin area where the relatively new shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe was built several years ago. It is on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. So, that area is already a pilgrimage site and in fact that diocese has had a lot of vocations the last several years. This would have to be seperate from any current shrine though or it would be under the control of some order or church organization. The key to Lithuania's Hill of Crosses is that it was a populist (is that the correct term), spontaneous creation - not set up by committee or a government or a particular organization. Unfortunately, if one tried to do that now on a piece of land that didn't belong to you, the ACLU and the courts would stop it. Really interesting ides - I wonder if anyone ever tried to implement this?