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Stations of the Cross
You should not worry too much about adversities. Faustina: People I saw the Blessed Virgin, unspeakably beautiful. She held me close to herself and said to me, I am Mother to you all, thanks to the unfathomable mercy of God. Most pleasing to me is that soul which faithfully carries out the will of God. Be courageous. Do not fear apparent obstacles, but fix your gaze upon the Passion of my Son, and in this way you will be victorious Jesus: Celebrant Write that by day and by night My gaze is fixed upon him, and I permit these adversities in order to increase his merit.
Faustina: People Jesus, You do not give a reward for the successful performance of a work, but for the good will and the labor undertaken. Therefore, I am completely at peace, even if all my undertakings and efforts should be thwarted or should come to naught.
The Stations of the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Lent and Holy Week - Mark D. Roberts
If I do all that is in my power, the rest is not my business All: Jesus, my Lord, let my every thought, word, and deed be undertaken exclusively out of love for You. Keep on cleansing my intentions. Sung Verse: Let me share with thee His pain Who for all my sins was slain, Who for me in torments died.
Celebrant : He grew up like a sapling before him, like a shoot from the parched earth; There was in Him no stately bearing to make us look at Him, no appearance that would attract us to Him.
He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity. Jesus: Celebrant Know that whatever good you do to any soul, I accept it as if you had done it to Me Faustina: People I am learning how to be good from Jesus, from Him who is goodness itself, so that I may be called a [child] of the heavenly Father Great love can change small things into great ones, and it is only love which lends value to our actions All: Lord Jesus, my Master, grant that my eyes, my hands, my lips and my heart may always be merciful.
Transform me into mercy. Jesus: Celebrant The cause of your falls is that you rely too much upon yourself and too little on Me. But let this not sadden you so much. You are dealing with the God of mercy Know that of yourself you can do nothing Without special help from Me, you are not even capable of accepting My graces Faustina: People Jesus, do not leave me alone in suffering.
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You know, Lord, how weak I am. So You, Jesus, must stand by me constantly like a mother by a helpless child — and even more so All: May Your grace assist me, Lord, that I may not keep falling continuously into the same faults; and when I fall, help me to rise and glorify Your mercy. Celebrant : A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented Him.
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Jesus: Celebrant O how pleasing to Me is living faith! Tell all, that I demand that they live in the spirit of faith Faustina: People I fervently beg the Lord to strengthen my faith, so that in my drab, everyday life I will not be guided by human dispositions, but by those of the spirit. Oh, how everything drags man towards the earth! But lively faith maintains the soul in the higher regions and assigns self-love its proper place; that is to say, the lowest one Continuously, I call: Lord, I believe, increase my faith.
Sung Verse: O thou Mother! Fount of love! Touch my spirit from above, Make my heart with thine accord. Celebrant : Though He was harshly treated, He submitted and opened not His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, He was silent and opened not His mouth. Oppressed and condemned, though He had done no wrong nor spoken any falsehood. But the Lord was pleased to crush Him in infirmity. Jesus: Celebrant My child, know that the greatest obstacles to holiness are discouragement and an exaggerated anxiety.
Be open to bringing light to those living in darkness.
Protect and console, today, tomorrow and always. Just a few days ago, I entered Jerusalem. A small crowd of disciples was there to welcome me. And yet the Pharisees showed their displeasure. The joy did not stop me from weeping at the sight of the city. Perhaps today too, Jesus, looking at our cities, would have cause to weep. We too can be blind, failing to see the path to peace which you point out to us. There, you have promised, every tear will be wiped from our eyes.
Death, mourning, weeping and pain will be no more. You will be our God and we will be your people. My earthly journey is now at an end. When I was born, my Mother laid me in a manger. I immersed myself in the history of the Chosen People. On my journey as the One sent by the Father, I preached the breadth of his love, which overlooks no one; the length of his love, which is faithful in every generation; the height of his love, a hope which triumphs over death itself; and the depth of his love, which sent me to call not the righteous, but sinners.
Many heard and followed me, becoming my disciples; others did not understand. Some even fought me and ultimately condemned me. Do we realize that before God came among us, we did not even know who God was? When you, the only-begotten Son, came into our world, God who had formed us in his image, let us look up to him and promised us the Kingdom of heaven.
How then will we not love the one who loved us first?. To think of ourselves as children is a marvellous gift for which we are eternally grateful. We know, Father, that we are but a speck of dust in the universe. You have granted us a great dignity, you have called us to freedom.
Free us from all forms of slavery.
Do not let us wander far from you. Father, protect each of us.
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Protect every man and woman on the face of the earth. I stand in silence. I feel humiliated by so apparently banal an act. I was already stripped hours ago. I think of my Mother, who is here. My humiliation is also hers. Once more her heart is pierced. To her I owe the robe which was torn from me, which is a sign of her love for me. Lord, your robe makes us think of a moment of grace and so many violations of our human dignity. The grace is that of Baptism.
Scriptural Stations of the Cross
See in this white garment a sign of your Christian dignity. With your family and friends to help you by word and example, bring that dignity unstained into the everlasting life of heaven. Yet the love which which you protect each creature also makes us think of appalling realities: human trafficking, child-soldiers, slave labour, children and adolescents robbed of their souls, wounded in their deepest being, barbarously violated.
You urge us in humility to beg forgiveness of all who have suffered these atrocities, and to pray that the conscience of those who darkened their lives will at last be stirred.