Stations of the Cross; the Way
I really, really like the pictures of the Stations of the Cross in my church, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Topeka, Kansas. Yes, they’re getting cracked and very old looking, but they’re still beautiful to me.
I hope it helps you to remember what our Lord suffered on his Way of the Cross, using “A Short Way of the Cross” as used by the Franciscan Fathers on their Missions. Nothing here is original except for the photos I took. The pictures will enlarge if you click on them.
O Jesus! So meek and uncomplaining, teach me resignation in trials.
My Jesus! This Cross should be mine, not Thine! My sins crucified Thee.
My Jesus! By this first fall, never let me fall into mortal sin.
O Jesus! May no human tie, however dear, keep me from following the road of the Cross.
Simon unwillingly assisted Thee; may I with patience suffer all for Thee.
O Jesus! Thou didst imprint Thy sacred features upon Veronica’s veil; stamp them also indelibly upon my heart.
By Thy second fall, preserve me, dear Lord, from relapse into sin.
My greatest consolation would be to hear Thee say: “Many sins are forgiven thee, because thou hast loved much.”
O Jesus! When I am weary upon life’s long journey, be Thou my strength and my perseverance.
My soul has been robbed of its robe of innocence; clothe me, dear Jesus, with the garb of penance and contrition.
Thou didst forgive Thy enemies; my God, teach me to forgive injuries and forget them.
Thou art dying, my Jesus, but Thy Sacred Heart still throbs with love for Thy sinful children.
Receive me into thy arms, O Sorrowful Mother, and obtain for me perfect contrition for my sins.
When I receive Thee into my heart in Holy Communion, O Jesus, make it a fit abiding place for Thy adorable Body.