The Ninth and Tenth Stations of the Cross

March 28, 2018

Food for Thought

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

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

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