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The Way of the Cross

 

Based on the Writing of St. Francis de Sales
Translated and somewhat amplified by
The Most Rev. Lewis S. Fiorelli, O.S.F.S,
Superior General of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales

The "Way of the Cross" of suffering and affliction is a sure way,

one which leads to God and to the perfection of his love if we are faithful.

 

 

I.

First Station

Jesus Is Condemned To Death

The Cross is from God, but it is only "cross" if we do not join ourselves to it; for when we are strongly resolved to desire the cross which God gives to us then it is no longer a "cross" at all. If it is from God, why do we not desire it?

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Second Station

Jesus Is Given His Cross

The Cross has been sanctified because it was the instrument which Jesus used for our Redemption. All Christians who aspire to heaven must take up the cross of the Lord and follow him. This will mean walking in his steps, imitating his virtues and having but one purpose and goal: his.

 

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Third Station

Jesus Falls The First Time

Notice the infinite goodness of the Savior who wished to die the death of men and women so as to enable us to live according to the original expectation for Adam, that is, to live God's life. But to better grasp the humility of Our Lord, listen to what St. Paul writes: "Though he was God's Son, he emptied himself." (Phil. 2:6-7 freely) O, God, but it is wondrous that the Eternal Word should empty himself and set aside his proper glory for his creatures who measure up so poorly to his love!

IV.

Fourth Station

Jesus Meets His Mother

The Mother of Christ seeks out her Son who is the life of her life. And why does she seek him out? To be ever near him, her Son and her God.

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Fifth Station

Simon Of Cyrene Helps Jesus

The evangelists do not name the majority of people who figure in the Passion. But they do recall the name of Simon who helps our Lord carry his cross. The cross is the royal gate by which we enter the temple of holiness. Love this altogether precious cross; look upon it with eyes of love.

VI.

Sixth Station

Veronica Cleanses The Face of Jesus

I reflect upon the manner in which the Lord suffers. In his heart, he suffers willingly, with patience and love. The cross is a remedy capable of healing all our evils.

VII.

Seventh Station

Jesus Falls The Second Time

He suffers in order to witness to his love for us. O, how great is his love! Lord, I do not know if I have any love at all, but if I do, it is so little that it is content to shed a single tear; and it believes itself perfected when it utters a few sighs. And yet, O Good God, how much I insist and protest that I want to love you and give you my entire heart!

VIII.

Eighth Station

Jesus Meets The Women Of Jerusalem

Christ has made it clear that he loves our tears when they are caused by love. If we have tears, let us cry them altogether simply, because we certainly could not have a more worthy subject over which to cry.

IX.

Ninth Station

Jesus Falls The Third Time

My iniquity is indeed great. O, Lord, who will deliver me from this labyrinth if not you? We would have reason to fear if we relied on our own strength. For he is for us.

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Tenth Station

Jesus Is Stripped Of His Clothing

Christ stripped teaches us what we must do to please him: strip our hearts of all sorts of unworthy affections and pretenses, no longer loving them but desiring nothing other than him.

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Eleventh Station

Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross

The Son of God is nailed to the Cross. What puts him there? Certainly it is love. Well, since it is certain that he died for us the least we ought to do for him is to live from love. He who wants to kiss Christ must mount his cross and be wounded by the thorns of his crown.

XII.

Twelfth Station

Jesus Dies On The Cross

Our Lord chose the death of the Cross to witness to his Love. There he offered himself in love, unto love, by love and of love.

 

XIII.

Thirteenth Station

Jesus Is Taken Down From The Cross

Love draws all the pains, torments, sufferings, sorrows, wounds, passion, Cross of our Lord into the heart of his holy Mother. The sword of death which cut through the body of this well-beloved Son also cut through the heart of this all loving Mother.

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Fourteenth Station

Jesus Is Placed In The Tomb

Love and death co-penetrate one another in the Savior's passion. We must die to every other love in order to live from Jesus' love, so that we may not die eternally.

 

 

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