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Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis

3/22/2008 - 20:06 PST

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libera nos a malo.

Tui Nati vulnerati,
tam dignati pro me pati
poenas mecum divide.

NINTH STATION

Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

V. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.

R. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (23:27-28)

And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children."

Meditation

Women, especially mothers, derive from their love an immense capacity for endurance in suffering. They suffer through the actions of men, they suffer for their children. Let us think of the mothers of all those young people who are persecuted and imprisoned in the name of Christ. How many long nights those mothers spend awake and in tears! Let us think of the mothers who risk arrest and persecution as they persevere in family prayer, nourishing in their hearts the hope of better times ahead.

Prayer

Jesus, despite your sufferings, you were anxious to speak to the women along the Way of the Cross; make your consoling and enlightening voice heard today by so many suffering women.

You urge them not to weep for you, but for themselves and for their children.

Weeping over you, they weep over sufferings that bring salvation to humanity, and are therefore a cause of joy. What they should weep for, though, are the sufferings due to sin, which make them and their children and all of us like dry wood, worthy only to be tossed onto the fire.

Lord, you sent your Mother to repeat this same message to us at Lourdes and at Fatima: "Do penance and pray that the wrath of God may be halted". Move us at our final hour to accept this urgent appeal with sincere hearts!

All:

Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in clo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Eia, mater, fons amoris,
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam.

TENTH STATION

Jesus is crucified

V. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.

R. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (15:25, 31, 34)

And it was the third hour, when they crucified Jesus. The chief priests mocked him to one another with the scribes, saying, "He saved others, he cannot save himself". And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

Meditation

Jesus, stripped of his garments, nailed to the Cross, prey to untold sufferings, mocked by his enemies, feels abandoned even by the Father. This is the hell deserved by our sins. Jesus remained on the Cross, he did not save himself.

In him were fulfilled the prophecies of the Suffering Servant: "He had no form or comeliness ... no beauty ... we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God ... all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb" (Is 53:2, 4, 6-7).

Prayer

O crucified Jesus, not only on Tabor, but even more on Calvary you revealed to us your true face, the face of a love that endures to the end.

Sometimes, out of reverence, you are represented wearing a royal cloak even on the Cross. But we are not afraid to show you to the world just as you were, hanging upon the gibbet that Friday, from the sixth hour until the ninth hour.

As we contemplate you on the Cross, we are filled with shame over our unfaithfulness and with gratitude for your infinite mercy. O Lord, how much your love for us has cost you!

Putting our trust in the power that comes from your Passion, we promise never more to offend you. We wish one day to have the honour of being placed upon the cross ourselves, like Peter and Andrew. We are encouraged by the serenity and the joy that it has been granted us to see on the faces of your faithful servants, the martyrs of our age.

All:

Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in clo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos ...
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