Way of the Cross

The way of the Cross by Father MD Philippe: the sixth station

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The Sixth Station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

Veronica, this woman who was moved to the depths of her heart, touched by the Holy Spirit, did not hesitate, despite the soldiers and despite the insults of onlookers, to force her way through the crowd to meet Jesus and to wipe His face, disfigured, covered with blood and spit. Yet the real veil of Veronica was the heart of Mary. Etched in the depths of her heart was the Divine Face of Jesus, the face of the One who was ascending towards the Cross, this face so disfigured and bruised by men, this face which is the very face of the Wisdom of God and the reflection of the splendor of the Father. Beyond everything that people saw on the outside, Mary saw the face of the Wisdom of the Word of God, “Light born of Light.”

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The way of the Cross by Father MD Philippe: the fifth station

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The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

In the same way, each one of us must be to Jesus a Simon of Cyrene: Jesus always asks something extra of us. Beyond the normal work that each of us must perform in our lives—justice requires that we earn the bread of those we love, of our children, of the poor and of the down-and-out whom Providence sets near us—Jesus asks for something extra. It is always when we least expect it, when we believe that everything is over and that we are entitled to rest, that Jesus “hires” us and gives us an extra task. It is the law of superabundance, the requirement that we give freely of ourselves, which demands that we take up the Cross of Jesus. It is then that we will be closest to Him, when we will be able to follow Him in an intimacy that we could never have anticipated.

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The way of the Cross by Father MD Philippe, the fourth station

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The Fourth Station: Jesus, Bearing His Cross, Meets His Mother

Let us ask Jesus to teach us to go to Mary when we are exhausted, when the Cross is too heavy and when it is on the verge of leading us to despair. Let us ask Jesus to show us how to seek refuge and consolation in the heart of Mary as He did, aware that there is in her an abyss of compassionate mercy, which is the very same compassionate mercy of the Father for each of us. Let us ask Mary to teach us to look to Jesus bearing His Cross, to see the Cross of the Church today, and to look at one Church as she herself looked at Jesus bearing His Cross.

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The way of the Cross by Father MD Philippe: the second station

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The Second Station: Jesus Takes Up The Cross

The cross of Christ, the sign of the curse, was transformed into a sign of blessing. Jesus embraced the Cross, because it was the Cross that would enable Him to bear witness, in the sight of all, to His unique love for the Father and to His love for each one of us. It was for each one of us that He took this Cross upon His battered shoulders, and that He accepted to appear before all as the one accursed.

Christ’s Cross extends over the entire Church. To be Christian is to “follow the lamb wherever He goes”, to follow Him when He bears Hiss Cross, and to consider that this Cross is our Cross. It is usually quite difficult to recognize the Cross in our own lives, and in the beginning we often reject it, until the day when Mary, working under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the depth of our hearts, inspires us to recognize this sign of blessing and love.

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The way of the Cross by Father MD Philippe: first station

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The First Station: Jesus Is Condemned To Death

Each time Pilate declared that Jesus was innocent, the furor increased in the hearts of the high priests, in the hearts of the Pharisees, and all those who were now determined to do away with Him. After having Jesus scourged and having shown Him to the crowd, Pilate no longer knew what to do: “Behold the man,” the “man of sorrows.” Pilot was a coward, he was afraid of the crowd, and out of cowardice he delivered Jesus up to death. Jesus experienced the cowardice of temporal authority which, instead of seeking justice and truth, seeks to remain in power. He bore this cowardice in His heart, without condemning Pilate, who was delivering Him to the hands of His enemies. On the contrary, He bore him in His prayers, and He was to die for him too, as well as for the people His own people, who condemned Him. Lire la suite »