Stations of the Cross

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Why Pray the Stations of the Cross? Pope Francis said:

  1. They Allow Us to Place Our Trust in Him
  2. They Put Us into the Story
  3. They Remind Us That Jesus Suffers with Us
  4. They Compel Us to Action
  5. They Compel Us to Action
  6. They Reveal God’s Response to Evil in the World
  7. They Give Us the Certainty of God’s Love for Us
  8. They Guide Us from the Cross to the Resurrection

The Stations of the cross were prayed by early Christians as early as the three hundredth year of our Lord.

Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 618 states:

"The cross is the unique sacrifice of Christ, the "one mediator between God and men". But because in his incarnate divine person he has in some way united himself to every man, "the possibility of being made partners, in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery" is offered to all men. He calls his disciples to "take up [their] cross and follow [him]", for "Christ also suffered for [us], leaving [us] an example so that [we] should follow in his steps." In fact Jesus desires to associate with his redeeming sacrifice those who were to be its first beneficiaries. This is achieved supremely in the case of his mother, who was associated more intimately than any other person in the mystery of his redemptive suffering.

Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven."

Saint John of the Cross adds

"All bear their crosses although these crosses be different. If a person wants to gain freedom of spirit and not always be troubled, let them begin by not being frightened by the cross. Then they will see how the Lord helps him carry it."

Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 640 states...

"The Word became flesh to make us "partakers of the divine nature": "For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God."7"For the Son of God became man so that we might become God." "The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.""

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity adds

”The soul that is stripped of self and clothed in Jesus Christ has nothing to fear from the exterior world. Therefore I renounce myself each day so that Christ may increase in me.”

Saint Paul of the Cross said:

"The cross is the way to paradise but only when it is born willingly"

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