Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Mary's Way Of The Cross - Fifteenth Station: Jesus is Raised from the Dead


We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You because by Your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Meditation:

I could only be most grateful for the sacrifice of my son for us. Yet, what emptiness I felt trying to live without him whom I loved so! But, only two days later that emptiness was filled beyond belief ---- he had risen! Our savior had opened the doors to a new life. That is the way it had to be ---- because his undying love for you would not stop at anything less. I could rejoice forever, but not in silence.

Prayer:

My savior, thank you! Thank you for such endless love that helps me to rise out of my own sinfulness. I will try again to live a better life. Help me to always remember that love. Mary, mother of our risen savior, teach me to be like you, and in my love for others, love him in return.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Mary's Way Of The Cross - Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb


We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

Meditation:

We brought Jesus' body to a tomb and I arranged it there myself, silently weeping, silently rejoicing. I took one more look at my loving son, and then walked out. They closed the tomb and before I left, I thought, I knew this had to be ...... it had to be for you! I would wait in faith silently.

Prayer:

Yes, my Lord, this had to be because you love me, and for no other reason. All you ask is that I live a good life. You never said such a life would be easy. I am willing to leave sin behind and live for you alone, in my brothers and sisters.

Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory Be...

Mary's Way Of The Cross - Thirteenth Station: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross


We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

Meditation:

The crowd had gone; the noise had stopped. I stood quietly with one of Jesus' friends and looked up at the dead body of our savior, my son. Then two men took the body from the cross and placed it in my arms. A deep sorrow engulfed my being. Yet, I also felt deep joy. Life had ended cruelly for my son, but it had also brought life to all of us. I knew this had to be, and I prayed silently.

Prayer:

Lord, your passion has ended. Yet, it still goes on whenever I choose sin over you. I have done my part in your crucifixion and now, my savior, I beg your forgiveness with all my heart. Help me to live a life worthy of you and your mother.

Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory Be...

Monday, April 02, 2007

Mary's Way Of The Cross - Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross


We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

Meditation:

What greater pain is there for a mother than to see her son die right before her eyes! I, who had brought this savior into the world and watched him grow, stood helplessly beneath his cross as he lowered his head and died. His earthly anguish was finished, but mine was greater than ever. Yet, this had to be and I had to accept it, so I stood by and I mourned silently.

Prayer:

My Jesus, have mercy on me for what my sins have done to you and to others. I thank you for your great act of love. You have said that true love is laying down your life for your friends. Let me always be your friend. Teach me to live my life for others, and not fail you again.

Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory Be...

Mary's Way Of The Cross - Eleventh Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross


We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

Meditation:

As they threw Jesus on the cross, he willingly allowed himself to be nailed. As they punctured his hands and his feet I felt the pain in my heart. Then they lifted up the cross. There he was, my son, whom I love so much, being scorned as he struggled for the last few moments of earthly life. But I knew this had to be, so I stood by and prayed silently.

Prayer:

Lord, what pain you endured for me. And what pain your mother went through, seeing her only son die for love of me! Yet, both you and she are ready to forgive me as soon as I repent of my sin. Help me, Lord, to turn away from my sinfulness.

Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory Be...