Way of the Cross

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Tue, 03-22-2005 - 12:03am

I've been reading from Blessed Josemaria Escriva's "The Way of the Cross" and thought I'd post one of his short meditations on the Way ... Each day, I'll post three as we draw closer to Easter.


 

 

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Tue, 03-22-2005 - 11:54pm

Fourth Station: Jesus Is Met By His Blessed Mother


"Jesus had been waiting for this meeting with his mother. How many childhood memories! Bethlehem, the flight into Egypt, the village of Nzareth. Now again he wants her by his side on Calvary. ... We need her, too ... There is a little way to go before reaching true abandonment. If you have not attained it yet, do not worry: Keep up the effort. A day will come when you won't see any other way other than Him --- Jesus, his Blessed Mother and the supernatural means that the Master has left us ..."


Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus To Carry His Cross


"It is not too late, nor is everything lost ... Even though to you it may seem so. Even though a thousand foreboding voices keep saying so. Even though you are besieged by mocking and skeptical onlookers ...You have at a good time to take up the Cross; the Redemption is taking place now! And Jesus needs many Simons of Cyrene ... To bring happiness to its loved one, a noble heart will not hesitate before sacrifice. To bring comfort to a suffering face, a great soul will overcome all repugnance and give itself unstintingly .. And God, does He deserve less than a piece of flesh, than a handful of clay? Learn to mortify your whims. Accept setbacks without exaggerating them, without throwing up your arms, without hysterics. In that way, you will lighten the Cross for Jesus."


Sixth Station: The Face of Jesus Is Wiped By Veronica


"A woman, Veronica by name, makes her way through the crowd, with a white linen cloth folded in her hands, and with this, she reverently wipes the face of Jesus. Our Lord leaves the impression of His Holy Face on the three parts of that veil. The beloved face of Jesus, that had smiled upon children and was transfigured with glory on Mount Thabor, is now, concealed by suffering. But this suffering is our purification; the sweat and the blood which disfigure and tarnish his features serve to cleanse us ... Lord, help me decide to tear off, through penance, this pitiful mask I have fashioned with my wretched doings .. Then and only then, by following the path of contemplation and atonement, will my life begin to copy faithfully the features of your life. We will find ourselves becoming more and more like you."


from Blessed Josemaria Escriva's "The Way of the Cross"

 

 

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Thu, 03-24-2005 - 10:13pm

Seventh Station: Jesus Falls A Second

 

 

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Fri, 03-25-2005 - 1:58pm

Tenth Station: Jesus Is Stripped Of His Garments


Despoiled, stripped, left in the most absolute poverty. Our Lord is left with nothing, save the wood of the Cross.

 

 

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