The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Stations

March 30, 2018

Food for Thought

At the last stations of the cross, we pray in sorrow but also in hope through the thirteenth and fourteenth stations.

The Thirteenth Station

When the soldiers came to Jesus, they saw that He was already dead so that they did not break His legs, but one of them opened His side with a lance, and immediately there came out Blood and Water. The body of Jesus was then taken down from the Cross and laid in the arms of His sorrowful mother.

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls,

and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.

O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy,

envelop the whole world and empty yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Hearth of Jesus

as a fount of mercy for us,

I trust in you.

~Three O’Clock Prayer of Divine Mercy, Diary of St. Faustina; 1319, St. Faustina Kowalska, 1905-1938

 

The Fourteenth Station

Taking the body of Jesus, Joseph wrapped it in fresh linen and laid it in his own new tomb that had been hewn from a formation of rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away.

Although it is not easy to live in constant agony,

to be nailed to the cross of various pains,

still, I am inflamed with love by loving,

And like a Seraph I love God, though I am but weakness.

Oh, great is the soul that, midst suffering,

stands faithfully by God and does His will

and remains uncomforted midst great rainbows and storms,

For God’s pure love sweetens her fate.

It is no great thing to love God in prosperity

and thank Him when all goes well,

but rather to adore Him midst great adversities

And love Him for His own sake and place one’s hope in Him.

When the soul is in the shadows of Gethsemane,

All alone in the bitterness of pain,

It ascends toward the heights of Jesus,

and though ever drinking bitterness – it is not sad.

~Diary of St. Faustina: 995, St. Faustina Kowalska, 1905-1938

 

If you have enjoyed these stations, consider purchasing the devotional book with beautiful illustrations and a forward by Bishop Andrew Cozzens and an introduction by Fr. Kevin Finnegan. Find it here: A Walk of Mercy

Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Garden of Mercy at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Faribault.

Copyright A Walk of Mercy 2016

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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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