The Way of the Cross

about spiritual life, based on the Holy Bible and Sr. Faustina's Diary

(from: "God Who is Rich in Mercy. Meditations and Prayers to The Divine Mercy", Misericordia Publications of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Kraków, Poland, 2008)

 

Introductory Prayer
       Merciful Lord, my Master, I want to follow You faithfully. I desire to imitate You in my life in a way that will be more and more perfect; therefore, I am praying that, by meditating on Your passion, You will give me the grace of a greater understanding of the mysteries of spiritual life. 

       Mary, Mother of Mercy, ever faithful to Christ, lead me in the footsteps of the sorrowful passion of your Son and obtain for me the graces necessary to fruitfully observe of this Way of the Cross. I offer it for the intension of .....................

Station I - Jesus is condemned to death

"The chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus in order to put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward" (Mt 26:59-60)

Jesus: Do not be surprised that you are sometimes unjustly accused. I myself first drank this cup of undeserved suffering for the love of you (289). When I was before Herod, I obtained a grace for you; namely, that you would be able to rise above human scorn and follow faithfully in My footsteps (1164).

Sr. Faustina: We are sensitive to words and quickly want to answer back, without taking any regard as to whether it is God's will that we should speak. A silent soul is strong; no adversities will harm it if it perseveres in silence. The silent soul is capable of attaining the closest union with God (477). 

Merciful Jesus, hlep me to accept every humen judgment and do not let me ever condemn You in my neighbor. 

Station II - Jesus takes up his cross

"Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said, «Hail King of the Jews!» ... Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak. And he [Pilate] said to them, «Behold, the man!» When the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out, «Crucify him, crucify him!» " (Jn 19:1-6).

Jesus: Do not be afraid of sufferings; I am with you (151). The more you will come to love suffering, My doughter, the purer your love for Me will be (279). 

Sr. Faustina: Jesus, I thank You for the little daily crosses, for opposition to my endeavors, for the hardships of communal life, for the misinterpretation of my intentions, for humiliations at the hands of others, for the harsh way in which we are treatet, for false suspicions, for poor health and loss of strength, for self-denial, for dying to myself, for lack of recognition in everything, for upsetting of all my plans (343).

Merciful Jesus, teach me to value the toil of life, sickness, and every suffering; teach me to carry this cross every day with love. 

Station III - Jesus falls the first time

"We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; But the Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all. ... And he shall take away the sins of many, and win pardon for their offenses" (Is 53:6,12)

Jesus: My daughter, write that involuntary offenses of souls do not hinder My love for them or prevent Me from uniting Myself with them. But voluntary offenses, even the smallest, obstruct My graces, and I cannot lavish My gifts on such souls (1641).

Sr. Faustina: O my Jesus, how prone I am to evil, and this forces me to be constantly vigilant. But I do not lose heart. I trust God's grace, which abounds in the worst misery (606).

Merciful Lord, save me from every voluntary and conscious infidelity, even the smallest. 

Station IV - Jesus meets his blessed Mother

“Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce).” (Lk 2:34-35)

Jesus: Listen, My daughter, although all the works that come into being by My will are exposed to great sufferings, consider whether any of them has been subject to greater difficulties than that work which is directly Mine – the work of Redemtion. You should not worry too much about adversities (1643). 

Sr. Faustina: I saw the Blessed Virgin ... (she) held me close to herself and said to me: 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 (449). 

Mary, Mother of Mercy, be with me always, and especially in suffering, in the same way as you were on the way of the cross of your Son. 

Station V - Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the cross

"As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus" (Lk 23:26). 

Jesus: I permit these adversities in order to increase his merit. I do not reward for good results but for the patiens and hardship undergone for My sake (86). 

Sr. Faustina: O my Jesus, You do not give a reward for the succsessful performance of a work, but for the good will and labor undertaken. Therefore, I am completely at peace, even if all my undertakings and afforts should be thwarted or should come to naught. If I do all that is in my power, the rest is not my business (952). 

O Jesus, my Lord, let every thought, word and action be undertaken exclusively out of love for You. Purify my intentions. 

Station VI - Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

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Station VII - Jesus falls a second time

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Station VIII - Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem

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Station IX - Jesus falls the third time

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Station X - Jesus is stripped of his garments

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Station XI - Jesus is nailed to the cross

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Station XII - Jesus dies on the cross

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Station XIII - Jesus is laid in the arms of his blessed Mother

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Station XIV - Jesus is laid in the tomb

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The prayer after the way of the cross

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