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.
And his mother said to him, “My son, why hast thou treated us so? Think, what anguish of mind thy father and I have endured, searching for thee.” But he asked them, “What reason had you to search for me? Could you not tell that I must needs be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:48-49)
Your work is done.
You can leave your Cross,
You can come down to rest, you have surely earned it.
Slowly you slip down, like a man weary of labor and drowsy with sleep.
Your mother takes you in her arms.
You rest in peace.
Over your face, calm and serene, there passes a ray of joy.
All is accomplished.
You have made your mother suffer, but she is proud of you.
“Sleep now, my little one, your Mother is watching you.”
Thus each night, my day ended, I fall asleep.
What a state I am in sometimes, Lord.
But, alas, it is not always in serving the Father that I have become
soiled and tired.
Mary, will you be willing, even so, to watch over me every night?
My body is weighed down with its failures, but my heart asks forgiveness.
Don’t forget, you are the refuge of sinners.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for me, a poor sinner.
Grant that through the merits of your Son, I may never fall asleep
without receiving the forgiveness of our Father,
That, each night, resting in peace in your arms, I may learn how to die.