The First and Second Stations of the Cross

March 24, 2018

Food for Thought

A few years ago I had the privilege of helping Fr. Kevin Finnegan put together the book “A Walk of Mercy ~ The Divine Mercy Stations of the Cross” ( the book can be found on Amazon) I wrote about my journey with the stations of the cross a few years ago.

I have started the practice of reading these stations slowly. I read and meditate on one or two stations a day.

For this next week I will post 2 stations with the illustrations and meditations so you can follow along with me on the journey through the Passion.

The First Station

Pontius Pilate connived with the will of the religious leaders. He sentenced Jesus Christ to death though He was innocent.

In every need let me come to you with humble trust, saying:  Jesus, help me!

In all my doubts, perplexities and temptations:  Jesus, help me!

In hours of loneliness, weariness and trials: Jesus, help me!

In the failure of my plans and hopes, in disappointments,

troubles and sorrows: Jesus, help me!

When others fail me, and your grace alone can assist me: Jesus, help me! When I throw myself on your tender love as a Father and Savior:

Jesus, help me!

When my heart is cast down by failure

at seeing no good come from my efforts: Jesus, help me!

When I feel impatient, and my cross irritates me: Jesus, help me!

When I am ill, and my head and hands cannot work and I am lonely:

Jesus, help me!

Always, always, in spite of weakness, falls and shortcomings of every kind:  Jesus, help me and never forsake me. Amen.

~Jesus, Help Me Prayer – Anonymous

 

The Second Station

Jesus accepted His Cross which was too heavy for His frail body.

Christ suffered carrying the heavy Cross to redeem us.

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty,

my memory, my understanding and my whole will.

All that I am and all that I possess you have given me:

I surrender it all to you

to be disposed of according to your will.

Give me only your love and your grace;

with these I will be rich enough,

and will desire nothing more.

~St. Ignatius of Loyola, 1491 – 1556

 

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About Sharon O'Connell-Wilson

I am a wife to my husband Dave and mother to my children Courtney and Gabe. I have a degree in education and have worked as a teacher, in advertising, radio, retail buyer and in youth advocacy – I even rode an elephant in the circus once! I am a “cradle” Catholic who didn’t really know my faith until my adulthood. On fire with my faith and love for God I dove into parish life at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Faribault, Minnesota. Once I dove in, I began to realized I needed to learn how to swim! Patient priests and friends as well as the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute helped me to learn the strokes. I love talking about my faith and learning more about the great gift of being Catholic. Find me at www.sharonagneswilson.com

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