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Meditations for the Stations of the Cross

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Meditations for the Stations of the Cross

Meditations for the Stations of the Cross

Written by Trappist André Louf

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 10, 2004 (Catholic Online).- Here are the meditations of the Stations of the Cross at which John Paul II presided on Good Friday in the Colosseum. They were written by Father André Louf, a Belgian Trappist.

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FIRST STATION
Jesus on the Mount of Olives

V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
R/. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world

From the Gospel according to Luke 22:39-46

[Jesus] came out, and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. And when he came to the place he said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation." And he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done." And there appeared to an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down upon the ground. And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, and he said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation."

MEDITATION

Having arrived at the beginning of his Passover, Jesus is in the presence of his Father. How could it have been any different, since his secret dialogue of love with the Father had never ended? "The hour has come" (John 16:32), the hour foreseen from the beginning, announced to the disciples, which is unlike any other, which contains all the others and is the sum of them at the very moment that they are about to be fulfilled in the arms of the Father.

And suddenly that hour is the cause of fear. Nothing is hidden from this fear. but there, in the quiet of anguish, Jesus takes refuge with his Father in prayer. In Gethsemane that evening the struggle becomes fierce hand-to-hand combat, so bitter that on Jesus' face sweat changes to blood.

And Jesus dares one last time, in the presence of his Father, to give expression to the torment that seizes him: "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done" (Luke 22:42).

Two wills clash for a moment, and then come together in the abandonment to love already announced by Jesus: "I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father" (John 14:31).

PRAYER

Jesus, our brother,
in order to open to all people the path ...

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1 - 3 of 3 Comments

  1. steve
    1 year ago

    I spoke too soon. It does mention Via Dolorosa (the way of sorrow) but in English: Jesus,
    Raised up from under the weight of the cross by Simon of Cyrene,
    so that he, unknowing companion on the way of sorrow,
    might become your friend and guest in the abode of eternal glory.

  2. Steve
    1 year ago

    I believe that this meditation is following actual events and places mentioned in the New
    Testament. Veronica and her veil are legend and the Via Dolorosa, i believe, was not named until long after Jesus' death. At any rate, i do not believe the Via Dolorosa is mentioned in the NT.

  3. khaya
    1 year ago

    I fond this very informational,but somewhat i am getting confused because some literature mentions Veronica and Dolorosa which this article does not mention.

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