I guess the reason why I’m surprised by this is because as a cradle Catholic, I was used to seeing my parents and others faithfully recite prayers and devotions without showing any emotion; it was just done with solemn reverence. Somehow in the deep recesses of my mind, I figured that this was how we were suppose to recite them.
One of the first times I cried at Mass after my reversion back to the faith was one time after I received the Eucharist. I guess I really missed Our Lord so much. But before that, the only other time I cried was during a Gospel reading in Mass when I was 11 years old.
I agree - this is a true blessing from God to be able to journey with Him through the Stations of the Cross. Nonetheless, it still surprises me (stoic person that I am) when my emotions come out during these prayerful and reverent times.