Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Way of the Cross

Then to all Jesus said, “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me.  Luke 9 : 23

Courage, little children! I decided to lead you on the way of holiness. Renounce sin and set out on the way of salvation, the way which my Son has chosen. Through each of your tribulations and sufferings God will find the way of joy for you. Therefore, little children, pray. We are close to you with our love. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, March 26, 2006

The courage to
carry the cross...

At each Station of the Cross, courage is necessary for all of us – in varied measures and for different reasons. Perhaps that is why, with the Lenten message above, Our Lady is offering this special grace to us. She rarely speaks of courage or used the word in any of her other messages. But she understands that this is a time of severe agony and suffering for her Son, a time of stress and endurance, of persevering under provocation, that will result in public execution in a most brutal fashion.

Our Lady invites us to share with her our own sufferings on this walk with Jesus, this way of holiness. But she makes clear from the start that we should journey with courage, with a loving and fearless heart strengthened by prayer.

Tomorrow will begin a series of very short meditations for each Station of the Cross.