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The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Stations

March 30, 2018

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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.

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The Eleventh and Twelfth Stations of the Cross

March 29, 2018

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Christ on the Cross.  Where are we when Christ is at the eleventh and twelfth stations?

The Eleventh Station

When they came to Golgotha, they crucified Jesus and the two criminals, one on His right and the other on His left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Soul of Christ, make me holy.

Body of Christ, save me.

Blood of Christ, fill me with love.

Water from Christ’s side, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

Good Jesus, hear me.

Within your wounds, hide me.

Never let me be parted from you.

From the evil enemy, protect me.

At the hour of my death, call me,

and tell me to come to you that with your saints

I may praise you through all eternity. Amen.

~Anima Christi, Blessed Bernardino of Feltre, 1439-1494

 

The Twelfth Station

It was now about twelve o’clock noon, and there was darkness over the whole land until three o’clock in the afternoon. And Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”, that is, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” … Jesus, again crying out in a loud voice, “Father, into Thy hands I commend my Spirit!” and He yielded up His spirit.

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will.

Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures.

I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul;

I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord,

and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands,

without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.

~Blessed Charles de Foucauld, 1858-1916

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The Ninth and Tenth Stations of the Cross

March 28, 2018

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As we journey to the Passion, walk with Jesus through the ninth and tenth stations.

The Ninth Station

Jesus falls the third time. Exhausted by carrying his cross – carrying our sins and failures – Jesus experiences the burden of the heavy cross.

Lord, teach me to be generous,

teach me to serve you as I should,

to give and not to count the cost,

to fight and not to heed the wounds,

to toil and not to seek for rest,

to labor and ask not for reward,

save that of knowing that I do your most holy will.

~St. Ignatius of Loyola, 1491 – 1556

The Tenth Station

When they reached the place called Golgotha which means skull, they offered Him wine mixed with gall. Jesus tasted it but would not take it. His blood dripped as His sticking wounds opened when they tore off His clothes.

In the terrible desert of life,

O my sweetest Jesus,

Protect souls from disaster,

For You are the Fountain of Mercy.

Let the resplendence of your rays,

O sweet Commander of our souls,

Let mercy change the world.

And you who have received this grace, serve Jesus.

Steep is the great highway I must travel,

But I fear nothing,

For the pure fount of mercy is flowing for my sake,

And, with it, strength for the humble soul.

I am exhausted and worn out,

But my conscience bears me witness

That I do all for the greater glory of the Lord,

The Lord who is my repose and my heritage.

~Diary of Saint Faustina; 1000, St. Faustina Kowalska, 1905-1938

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The Seventh and Eighth Stations of the Cross

March 27, 2018

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Meditate slowly on the stations seven and eight.

The Seventh Station

Again, under the weight of the cross Jesus falls to the pavement. His pain and suffering we cannot fathom.

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that

I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.

And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road

though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore, will I trust you always

though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me,

and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

~Thomas Merton, 1915 – 1968, Thoughts in Solitude

The Eighth Station

A great crowd of people followed Him, including women who beat their breasts and lamented over Him. Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me. Weep for yourselves and for your children.”          

Lord, human love helps me to understand divine love.

Human love at its best, unselfish, glowing, illuminating our days,

gives us a glimpse of the love of God for man.

Love is the best thing we can know in this life,

but it must be sustained by an effort of the will.

It must lie still and quiet, dull and smoldering, for periods.

It grows through suffering and patience and compassion.

We must suffer for those we love,

we must endure their traits and their suffering,

we must even take upon ourselves the penalties due their sins.

Thus we learn to understand the love of God for His creatures.

Thus we understand the crucifixion.

~Dorothy Day, 1897 – 1980, From Union Square to Rome, Published by the Preservation of the Faith Press, 1938

 

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The Fifth and Sixth Stations of the Cross

March 26, 2018

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Walk with Jesus and meditate on the fifth and sixth stations today as we journey toward the Passion.

The Fifth Station

On their way out they met a Cyrenian named Simon; this man they pressed into service to carry the cross.

God has created me to do him some definite service;

He has committed some work to me,

which he has not committed to another.

I have my mission;

I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.

I have a part in a great work;

I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught.

I shall do good, I shall do His work;

I shall be an angel of peace,

a preacher of truth in my own place,

while not intending it,

if I do but keep His commandments

and serve Him in my calling.

~I Have a Mission, Blessed John Henry Newman, 18011890

 

The Sixth Station

Veronica hastily went near Jesus and wiped His face with a piece of cloth. The face of Jesus was imprinted in the cloth.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

~Attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi, 1181 – 1226

 

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The Third and Fourth Stations of the Cross

March 25, 2018

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Continue your journey to the passion and slowly meditate on the Third and Fourth Stations of the Cross.

The Third Station

Weakened, prodded, cursed, and fallen, His whole Body bruised and swollen, Jesus tripped and lay in pain because of our sins. Dust and blood were seen in His Holy Face when He looked up to heaven asking God the Father to let Him redeem us sinners.

Behold me, my beloved Jesus,

weighed down under the burden of my trials and sufferings,

I cast myself at your feet, that you may renew my strength and my courage, while I rest here in your Presence.
Permit me to lay down my cross in your Sacred Heart,

for only your infinite goodness can sustain me;

only your love can help me bear my cross;

only your powerful hand can lighten its weight.
O Divine King, Jesus, whose heart is so compassionate to the afflicted,

I wish to live in you; suffer and die in you.

During my life be to me my model and my support;

at the hour of my death, be my hope and my refuge. Amen.

~Anonymous

 

The Fourth Station

There on the road to Calvary, Jesus met His afflicted Mother. They         looked at each other’s teary eyes. Oh, what sadness our loving Virgin Mother felt in meeting her suffering Son; truly, a sword pierced her heart.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, preserve in me the heart of a child,

pure and transparent as a spring.

Obtain for me a simple heart that does not brood over sorrows;

A heart generous in giving itself,

Quick to feel compassion;

A faithful, generous heart that forgets no favor and holds no grudge.

Give me a humble, gentle heart.

Loving without asking any return;
A great indomitable heart, that no ingratitude can close,

No indifference can weary;

A heart tortured by its desire for the glory of Jesus Christ.

Pierced by His love –

With a wound that will heal only in heaven.  Amen.  

 ~Prayer for the Heart of a Child, Léonce de Grandmaison, 1868-1927

 

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The First and Second Stations of the Cross

March 24, 2018

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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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My Journey with the Stations of the Cross ~ A Walk of Mercy

February 10, 2016

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I have a confession to make. Since it is Lent, it seems like a good time to lay out the truth.

Here goes: For as long as I can remember, I have never liked praying the Stations of the Cross! I mean I never “got” it. As a child, I remember waiting out the time repeating words I didn’t understand. Later, when I taught physical education at a Catholic school, I jokingly called it “Catholic aerobics.” Stand, genuflect, kneel, repeat.

I suppose, as with other beautiful Catholic devotions I didn’t immediately take to, I needed to explore the stations more deeply and see how God could make them personal for me. And that’s exactly what He did last year.

On Good Friday, my husband and I attended the Stations of the Cross at our parish, Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Faribault, MN. Fr. Kevin Finnegan, our previous pastor, had compiled beautiful reflections from various Catholic authors and saints that fit each station perfectly. My husband and I were in tears at the end of the service. The journey of Christ’s passion, through the stations, finally became personal for me.

The Stations of the Cross are Christ’s journey to the Cross. We follow in His footsteps with each station, and reflect on our own journey through life and the specific trials we have encountered.

After my experience with the Stations of the Cross, coupled with the beautiful reflections Father complied, I set out on another journey: to share these stations with others. After Easter, I approached Father about the possibility of publishing these stations as a book. Perhaps if I struggled with the Stations of the Cross, maybe others did, too. Perhaps these additional reflections could assist them in growing in their love of this timeless devotion, like they helped me.

Well, I am happy to share that these stations are now available in a book called A Walk of Mercy: The Divine Mercy Stations of the Cross. Inspired by the prayers of St. Faustina, it includes reflections from various Catholic saints and writers, and is a moving devotional for personal or communal use. Along with the stations, Fr. Finnegan gives instruction on how to pray the stations. Also included in the book are striking photographs of the 100-year-old Stations of the Cross from the old German Catholic Church in our community.

Here is an excerpt from Bishop Andrew Cozzens’ foreword in the book:

This Walk of Mercy is meant to draw us more deeply into the merciful love of Jesus. It is meant to teach us that our own sufferings and failings are places of mercy, not places of condemnation. It is meant to show us that the merciful love of Jesus knows no limits. This is what allows us to surrender our whole lives to him: we know the depth of his mercy for us, so we can pick up our cross and follow him. As you pray these stations and meditate on Jesus’ mercy poured out for you, I pray you will be able to say in every circumstance what Jesus himself said the night of his passion, “for his mercy endures forever.”

Thankfully, I don’t hate the Stations of the Cross anymore! And I am recommitted to exploring other Catholic traditions that haven’t penetrated my heart yet. (The key word here is yet.)

This Lent, consider exploring a devotional tradition that has slipped away from our modern lives. Maybe it is the daily Rosary, a particular novena, lectio divina, Eucharistic Adoration, or Stations of the Cross. Maybe it is recommitting to the practice of fasting and abstinence. Maybe it is answering that question, “What are you giving up for Lent?” in a way that allows real commitment to journey with Christ in the desert.

Our Catholic Church is rich in so many traditions, and we are blessed to have God working in our hearts in so many ways.

A Walk of Mercy: The Divine Mercy Stations of the Cross can be purchased on Amazon.com. Proceeds for the book go to the Garden of Mercy at Divine Mercy Parish in Faribault, MN.

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Something new for Lent

February 24, 2011

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Ash Wednesday – which falls on March 9 this year – marks the beginning of Lent.

To aid your spiritual journey through the season, we’ve created a video entitled “21st Century Stations of the Cross”. We hope you find it a useful and prayerful mediation.

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