loving God, give us

A pure heart

that we may see you,

a humble heart

that we may hear you,

a heart of Love

that we m...
Holy darkness, blessed night,
heaven's answer hidden from our sight.
As we await you, O God of silence,
we embrace your ho...
Text

1st station of the cross
Jesus is condemned
a brave woman in Tehran, desperately seeking the right to freedom,
faces...
2nd station of the cross
                                      Jesus carries his cross

  in life, we are often handed cha...
3rd station of the cross
 Jesus falls for the first time


  unhappy marriage, separation, or divorce. feeling hurt, angry ...
3rd station of the cross
     Jesus meets his Mother

A sorrowing mother cradles the hand of
her premature son. Her hand p...
5th station of the cross
Simon Helps Jesus


       Being forced to do manual labor to
      support impoverished families...
6th station of the cross
 Veronica wipes the face of Jesus


                    my dear friend Francoise
                ...
7th station of the cross
Jesus falls for the second time.


addiction: whether it’s crack from a
street dealer or a tidy p...
6th station of the cross
          Veronica wipes the face of Jesus




                                                  ...
9th station of the cross
Jesus falls for the third time

the weight of extreme parental, social
and cultural pressure forc...
10th station of the cross
      Jesus is stripped




stripped down to a hospital gown, a young boy awaits treatment.     ...
11th station of the cross
                                                          Jesus is nailed to the cross




     ...
12th station of the cross
Jesus dies on the cross
Men, women and children are dying
from environmental devastation. It is
...
13th station of the cross
the body of Jesus is taken down

   Love reveals itself most in difficult times. It is
easy to be...
14th station of the cross
Jesus is buried
How carefully this body is wrapped and lowered into
the earth. Even the poorest ...
15th station/chemin
Jesus is risen from the dead

leader: They came to the tomb and found the
stone rolled away, but when ...
nature teaches the passion of Christ

              as it was, is and will be

            with the seeds of beauty

bloss...
Divine Mercy: the gift of metanoia
 resurrection
 life, made new



From isolation and suffering to glory and joy,

may we...
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  • Stations Of The Cross 2010

    1. 1. loving God, give us A pure heart that we may see you, a humble heart that we may hear you, a heart of Love that we may serve you, A heart of faith that we may abide in you. -dag hammarskjold (1905-1961) The Stations of the Cross
    2. 2. Holy darkness, blessed night, heaven's answer hidden from our sight. As we await you, O God of silence, we embrace your holy night. 1. I have tried you in fires of affliction; I have taught your soul to grieve. In the barren soil of your loneliness, there I will plant my seed. 2. I have taught you the price of compassion; you have stood before the grave. Though my love can seem like a raging storm, this is the love that saves. 3. Were you there when I raised up the mountains? Can you guide the morning star? Does the hawk take flight when you give command? Why do you doubt my pow'r? 4. In your deepest hour of darkness I will give you wealth untold. When the silence stills your spirit, will my riches fill your soul. 5. As the watchman waits for morning, and the bride awaits her groom, so we wait to hear your footsteps as we rest beneath your moon.
    3. 3. Text 1st station of the cross Jesus is condemned a brave woman in Tehran, desperately seeking the right to freedom, faces without fear many law enforcement officers wearing protective helmets, shields and clubs, responding with force and encouraging All: violent reaction. Give me the courage to speak out against injustice where i may find it. Strengthen my Jesus, you know what it is like to be taken captive by armed guards. conviction to support others in their You spoke truth and were condemned by those in power. When Peter struggle for what it right. Help me to cope responded with his sword, you told him to put it away, saying, “Those with conflict your way, the way of peace who use the sword are sooner or later destroyed by it.” and non-violent resistance
    4. 4. 2nd station of the cross Jesus carries his cross in life, we are often handed challenging situation. This is an all too All: common scene in many parts of the world: a father carrying his child’s Teach me to choose love, coffin. bent under the devastating sorrow, he walks the dusty road in to choose justice and quiet dignity. Every day brutal oppression, poverty and disease are to choose life taking the lives of innocent and vulnerable children. that i may be able to carry my crosses with patience Jesus, you were made to carry a heavy cross. sorrowful unto death, and with dignity you endured the weight of human sadness, stumbling towards the light of God’s merciful love. When i think of how i worry or complain...
    5. 5. 3rd station of the cross Jesus falls for the first time unhappy marriage, separation, or divorce. feeling hurt, angry and All: betrayed, divorce in her mind will stop the pain. Yet, like when we when burdens of sorrow weigh heavily learned to walk, we fell and felt pain to be able to walk. as adults, upon me, i sometimes find it difficult to when we learn to love, we fall and feel pain to be able to love more see hope in a new day. When i stumble deeply. whether the downward spiral of divorce leads to marital and fall, when i mourn for what is lost, reconciliation or the deep grieving for a love that was lost, when we give me your strength to rise and walk fall and experience pain, let us hold the hurt and betrayal in only one again. hand, as our other hand helps bring us to our feet. In the grieving process, we are cleansed and strengthened. We can go on.
    6. 6. 3rd station of the cross Jesus meets his Mother A sorrowing mother cradles the hand of her premature son. Her hand prepares to let him go. She represents countless other mothers deprived of their children because of premature birth resulting from a long list of unimaginable possibilities. Often poverty, or lack of health care, is the reason that his life will end. Poverty does not respect age. The bond between mother and child silently communicates their shared pain. The mother’s heart is breaking as she accepts this sorrow. Jesus, when you met your mother, Mary on the road to Calvary, you felt her pain in seeing you suffer. Each of you wanted to ease the suffering of the other. Yet through this sorrow, you knew her broken heart would become a source of comfort to mothers in other times and places. All: Open my heart so that when, like Mary, I see a loved one suffer i will be a source of compassion.
    7. 7. 5th station of the cross Simon Helps Jesus Being forced to do manual labor to support impoverished families invites the lure of evil often pushing children with little experience of play or study into drugs or prostitution. Poor people have very little choice. Simon was forced to help when the soldiers pulled him from the crowd. When simon lifted the cross, he knew the gift of a burden shared. All: How often Lord, do i take for granted the backbreaking labor of others to produce the food i eat or the clothes i wear. How many times have i passed you by in the struggling person whom i didn’t stop to help?
    8. 8. 6th station of the cross Veronica wipes the face of Jesus my dear friend Francoise feeds her husband, ravaged with a malignant brain tumor, as they share an intimate moment together. Even when all else is lost, the healing hand of loving compassion reaches out. Veronica is every woman. She is the feminine face of God in the world that recognized and responded to Christ’s pain. She is the woman in all of us that would dare to break through the crowd to comfort you. All: Teach me to let go of the things that hold me back from reaching out to others. Give me the courage of Veronica to be willing to risk all in the name of compassion.
    9. 9. 7th station of the cross Jesus falls for the second time. addiction: whether it’s crack from a street dealer or a tidy prescription bottle from Walgreens, addiction drops all people to their knees. The effects of chemical dependency on the body and personality knock down surrounding loved ones as well, little and big. Struggling endlessly for survival, standing up to the fall of additiction is possible. often after All: loosing everything. Help me to truly see what habits diminish my freedom. Lord, none of us is perfect. We all What habits make me hard have deep difficulty: some physical, to live with? Help me to some emotional and some regain control of my life, psychological. Our sickness is especially in those areas that sometimes inherited and damage other people. Give sometimes it is just something me your spirit, Lord, and contagious that we “caught.” help me to continue in spite When living in freedom is of difficult odds. impossible, it is hard to keep going.
    10. 10. 6th station of the cross Veronica wipes the face of Jesus 8th station of the cross Jesus comforts the women 8th station of the cross arab christian women walk with Jesus. while these women mourn, they march to demand freedom and demonstrate their love. They do not shout or scream. their presence expresses All: Give me your courage, Jesus, in situations that Jesus comforts the women their cry for justice. The love of these women is stronger than fear. When Jesus carried his cross he met other courageous women who wept for his suffering. call for my taking a risk. Help me to remember that your spirit is within me always, comforting Jesus, your strength shines forth in these sorrowing women. When i am called to speak out me in times of opposition. and stand up for others, i sometimes hold back. I am afraid of what others may think.
    11. 11. 9th station of the cross Jesus falls for the third time the weight of extreme parental, social and cultural pressure forces this child to despair. as others pass him by and ignore his silent pain and suffering, he is left to feeling totally alone and down. he may face the hideous temptations of suicide when he is older and struggling through college. All: How often are we as parents ignoring Open my eyes Lord, to the fullness the true image of God within our children, yet we are willing to pay exorbitant prices for prestigious of this life, as it is truly lived. educational institutions. Open my heart Lord to the needs Lord, when did i see your face in the least likely: the homeless, the of so many people who have fallen. unemployed, the outcast, the abandoned, the overwhelmed child and pass you by?
    12. 12. 10th station of the cross Jesus is stripped stripped down to a hospital gown, a young boy awaits treatment. All: hearing his parents concerns about money and insurance, he is Give me new eyes to recognize you in the poor, stripped of security. he feels something bad is happening. the destitute and the medially uninsured. Give me a new heart and new hands to work Jesus you are in and with each person stripped of security and dignity, towards alleviating others’ suffering. each person deprived of the basic human rights of food, shelter, clothing and medical attention.
    13. 13. 11th station of the cross Jesus is nailed to the cross All: Like a nail breaking through the innocent skin of Give each human Jesus’ hand, a terrorist controlled airplane being the courage to penetrates the skin of the world trade center building. examine their conscience before they Jesus, each time we ignore injustice, act, however big or we nail you to the cross of indifference. small their action be.
    14. 14. 12th station of the cross Jesus dies on the cross Men, women and children are dying from environmental devastation. It is the stuff of academy award winning movies that make us think we have conquered, yet the mess continues. Inexplicable “cancer clusters” define areas where people are dying in unheard of rates from terminal forms of cancer, yet political leaders often try to bury the truth alive. It is not an easy choice to do what is right. Every day we are faced with our own difficult choices; to seek the truth or the easy way out, to forgive or hold a grudge, to be honest with ourselves or blame someone else, to take action now or wait until there is no other choice. We read in the Scripture, “Choose Life that you may live.” Jesus, you chose a life of justice, love and truth. You accepted death on the cross that we might live. All: Fill me with your spirit, Lord. Help me to choose life in all situations and be a source of truth, purity and hope for others. In the very worst of situations, help us to look with eyes of mercy on those who seek to harm us.
    15. 15. 13th station of the cross the body of Jesus is taken down Love reveals itself most in difficult times. It is easy to be a friend when all is going well, but to stand by the seriously ill, the lost and the suffering demonstrates the love Jesus meant when he said, “love one another as i have loved you.” john 15:12. Relieving another person’s burdens can turn a stranger into a friend. Jesus, after you died, only a few friends stayed behind to take your body down from the cross. Some of your followers turned away in disappointment; others fled in fear. All: Give me the strength, Lord, to be a faithful friend. Help me to be consistent in my love for others, so that i stand by them in good times and bad, in joy and in sorrow, and in their struggle for justice.
    16. 16. 14th station of the cross Jesus is buried How carefully this body is wrapped and lowered into the earth. Even the poorest grave can be a proper resting place when the body is treated reverently. Every culture has its own practices for respecting the dead. To be buried as a pauper in an unmarked grave represents the ultimate abandonment in life. Yet so many people in the world are buried without recognition, with no proper burial place. Massive death occurs from famine, disease and war. Entire populations are wiped out from earthquakes and floods. Homeless people die without family or friends. Jesus, you had no burial place of your own. Yet when your body was taken down from the cross your friends reverently placed it in a borrowed tomb. Help me always to remember that each person is a sacred and to be treated with reverence both in life and in death. all: Lord, through me, your love raches out to others. When i respect myself and others, I am recognizing the beauty of your creation, noticing that “the world is charged with the grandeur of God.”
    17. 17. 15th station/chemin Jesus is risen from the dead leader: They came to the tomb and found the stone rolled away, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” (lk 24: 1-5) prayer: By retracing the steps of his passion and death, and following his path through suffering to glory, may we be inspired to lead lives on earth which are pleasing to God and one day be found worthy of praise in your heavenly home. All: O Lord, hear our prayer.
    18. 18. nature teaches the passion of Christ as it was, is and will be with the seeds of beauty blossoming in a simple passion flower full with crown of purple thorns radiating God’s grace and hope
    19. 19. Divine Mercy: the gift of metanoia resurrection life, made new From isolation and suffering to glory and joy, may we be inspired to lead lives on earth which are pleasing to God. May we learn how to open our closed selves and receive the gift of God’s love, with thankful hearts, or the gift does not exist it goes, unreceived. May we shed the old skins of self-contempt renewed, loving others as you love yourself. All: O Lord, hear our prayer.

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