Salesian Way of the Cross
Lord, by the suffering of Christ your Son you have saved us all from
the death we inherited from sinful Adam. By the law of nature we
have borne the likeness of his manhood. May the sanctifying power of
grace help us to put on the likeness of our Lord in heaven, who
lives and reigns for ever and ever.
The "Way of the Cross" of suffering and affliction is a sure way,
one which leads to God and to the perfection of his love if we are
I -First Station -- Jesus Is Condemned To Death
The Cross is from God, but it is only "cross" if we do not join
ourselves to it; for when we are strongly resolved to desire the
cross which God gives to us then it is no longer a "cross" at all.
If it is from God, why do we not desire it?
II -Second Station -- Jesus Is Given His Cross
The Cross has been sanctified because it was the instrument which
Jesus used for our Redemption. All Christians who aspire to heaven
must take up the cross of the Lord and follow him. This will mean
walking in his steps, imitating his virtues and having but one
purpose and goal: his.
III -Third Station -- Jesus Falls The First Time
Notice the infinite goodness of the Savior who wished to die the
death of men and women so as to enable us to live according to the
original expectation for Adam, that is, to live God's life. But to
better grasp the humility of Our Lord, listen to what St. Paul
writes: "Though he was God's Son, he emptied himself." (Phil. 2:6-7
freely) O, God, but it is wondrous that the Eternal Word should
empty himself and set aside his proper glory for his creatures who
measure up so poorly to his love!
IV -Fourth Station -- Jesus Meets His Mother
The Mother of Christ seeks out her Son who is the life of her life.
And why does she seek him out? To be ever near him, her Son and her
V -Fifth Station -- Simon Of Cyrene Helps Jesus
to Carry His cross
The evangelists do not name the majority of people who figure in the
Passion. But they do recall the name of Simon who helps our Lord
carry his cross. The cross is the royal gate by which we enter the
temple of holiness. Love this altogether precious cross; look upon
it with eyes of love.
VI -Sixth Station -- Veronica Cleanses The Face of Jesus
I reflect upon the manner in which the Lord suffers. In his heart,
he suffers willingly, with patience and love. The cross is a remedy
capable of healing all our evils.
VII -Seventh Station -- Jesus Falls The Second Time
He suffers in order to witness to his love for us. O, how great is
his love! Lord, I do not know if I have any love at all, but if I
do, it is so little that it is content to shed a single tear; and it
believes itself perfected when it utters a few sighs. And yet, O
Good God, how much I insist and protest that I want to love you and
give you my entire heart!
VIII -Eighth Station -- Jesus Meets The Women Of Jerusalem
Christ has made it clear that he loves our tears when they are
caused by love. If we have tears, let us cry them altogether simply,
because we certainly could not have a more worthy subject over which
IX -Ninth Station -- Jesus Falls The Third Time
My iniquity is indeed great. O, Lord, who will deliver me from this
labyrinth if not you? We would have reason to fear if we relied on
our own strength. For he is for us.
X -Tenth Station -- Jesus Is Stripped Of His Clothing
Christ stripped teaches us what we must do to please him: strip our
hearts of all sorts of unworthy affections and pretenses, no longer
loving them but desiring nothing other than him.
XI -Eleventh Station -- Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross
The Son of God is nailed to the Cross. What puts him there?
Certainly it is love. Well, since it is certain that he died for us
the least we ought to do for him is to live from love. He who wants
to kiss Christ must mount his cross and be wounded by the thorns of
XII -Twelfth Station -- Jesus Dies On The Cross
Our Lord chose the death of the Cross to witness to his Love. There
he offered himself in love, unto love, by love and of love.
XIII -Thirteenth Station -- Jesus Is Taken Down From The Cross
Love draws all the pains, torments, sufferings, sorrows, wounds,
passion, Cross of our Lord into the heart of his holy Mother. The
sword of death which cut through the body of this well-beloved Son
also cut through the heart of this all loving Mother.
XIV -Fourteenth Station --
Jesus Is laid In The Tomb
Love and death co-penetrate one another in the Savior's passion. We
must die to every other love in order to live from Jesus' love, so
that we may not die eternally.
Prayer before a Crucifix
Behold, O Kind and most sweet Jesus, before Thy face I humbly kneel,
and with the most fervent desire of soul, I pray and beseech Thee to
impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity,
true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment. With
deep affection and grief of soul, I ponder within myself, mentally
contemplating Thy five wounds, having before my eyes the words which
David the Prophet spoke concerning Thee: "They have pierced my hands
and my feet, they have numbered all my bones."
The Cross Is
The cross is the hope of Christians
-the cross is the resurrection of the dead
-the cross is the way of the lost
-the cross is the savior of the lost
-the cross is the staff of the lame
-the cross is the guide of the blind
-the cross is the strength of the weak
-the cross is the
doctor of the sick
-the cross is the aim of the priests
-the cross is the hope of the hopeless
-the cross is the freedom of the slaves
cross is the power of the kings
-the cross is the water of the seeds
-the cross is the consolation of the bondsmen
-the cross is the source of those who seek water
-the cross is the cloth of the naked.
We thank you, Father, for the cross.