Suffering the Stations of the Cross with Jesus

by Thomas A. Stobie, S.F.O.


You refers to you united with Jesus in the stations of the Cross. Allow yourself to experience each station as Jesus' experienced it, letting the Holy Spirit guide your imagination.
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Jesus is Condemned to Death

Innocent of any wrongdoing, tortured far past the point any man would have died (you live only by your divine will to live), united with all the sins of the world, past, present, and future, you humbly accept the sentence to die.

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O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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Jesus Carries His Cross

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O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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Jesus Falls for the First Time

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O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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Jesus Meets His Mother

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O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

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O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

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O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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Jesus Falls for a Second Time

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O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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Jesus Speaks to the Holy Women

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O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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Jesus Falls for the Third Time

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O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

They remove Your garments, covered in Your blood, baring Your extremely bruised body for the entire world to see. Humbly You accept the humilation.

O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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Jeus is Nailed to the Cross

You are laid out on top of the cross. Your bruised arms are violently stretched out. You feel a sharp pain through one of Your wrists, hurting further Your bruised body, as the first nail in driven into the cross, and then the other wrist explodes in pain as the second nail is driven in. Then the pain explodes in Your feet as they too are nailed to the cross. They lift up the cross, inflaming the agony of Your body. The weight of Your body compounds the pain in Your arms and shoulders. Breathing is agonizing, but You know that You must fulfill Your Father's Will, so You will Yourself to continue living.

In the midst of the unbearable pain, You think of those for whom You are suffering and for those around You. You forgive all injuries out of love of Your fellow man and give Your Mother to all mankind. You qoute the Psalms about abandonment continuing to teach even in Your dying moments. Even in horrible suffering Your first thoughts are on those You love.

O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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Jesus Dies on the Cross

Everything is now done that is needed to be done according to the Father's plan. You can finally permit yourself to die. You surrender Your Spirit and let Your body die. The Agony of the body ends but the suffering of Your Beloveds continues as they see You die and are overcome in grief.

Soldiers pierce the side of Your dead body, revealing Your Heart, the Infinite Loving Sacred Heart of God, to the world.

Your witness on the cross thaws the hearts of some witnesses transforming their lives into one of Christian virtue. Even in Your death, You bring people to the Father.

O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

You feel the anguish of your mother, seeing your dead body taken down from the cross. You feel the dismay of your disciples, as they too, struggle to deal with your death.

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O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

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O Jesus, have mercy on us all.

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O Most Loving Jesus,

Thank You for suffering and dying for me. Through Your sacrifice, You brought redemption for the world one and for all times. Thank You, Beloved Jesus.

Amen.

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Meditation by Thomas A. Stobie, SFO 2002. Permission granted to copy for personal use.


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Last Modified 6 Nov 2008.