STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Part 2 — Jesus Bears His Cross, by Michel Quoist

stations of the cross 2 quoist

From: Prayer On The Way Of The Cross

Christ is still dying.
He continues to offer himself to his Father for the redemption of the world through the men who today suffer and die around us.
The Way of the Cross is also the way to life; this a real Christian should never forget.

If any man has a mind to come my way, let him renounce self, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  He who tries to save his life will lose it; it is the man who loses his life for my sake, that will save it. (Luke 9:23-24)


Lord, here is your Cross.

Your Cross!  As if it were your cross!
You had no cross and you came to get ours, and all through your life,
and along the way to Calvary, you took upon you,
one by one, the sins of the world.
You have to go forward,
And bend,
And suffer.
The Cross must be carried.


Lord, you walk on silently; is it true, then, that there is a time for speaking
and a time for silence?
Is it true that there is a time for struggling and another for the silent
bearing of our sins and the sins of the world?

Lord, I would rather fight the Cross; to bear it is hard. The more I progress,
and the more I see the evil in the world, the heavier
is the Cross on my shoulders.
Lord, help me to understand that the most generous deed is nothing unless
it is also silently redemptive.
And since you want for me this long way of the Cross,
At the dawning of each day, help me to set forth.

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