Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Ninth Station ~ Jesus Falls the Third Time

WE HEAR OF DOGGED DETERMINATION to become an Olympian or to win the big prize money on the reality TV show. But here is a determination that almost defies our understanding or appreciation: Jesus returning to his feet after this third crushing fall. 

If I'm a disciple of Jesus, then I return to my feet, fall after painful fall: moral failing, faithlessness in my problems, succumbing to cravings and addictions, letting myself down, setting out again after discouragement. Why? Because Jesus did. He knows how difficult it can be and that the raising up may be pained and slow.

Saint Peter writes: "No one can hurt you if you are determined to do only what is right; and blessed are you if you have to suffer for being upright. Have no dread of them; have no fear. Simply proclaim the Lord Christ holy in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15)


Our Father Who Art in Heaven...
Hail Mary full of grace...
Glory be to the Father...


  1. Your unique perspective puts Jesus in my life. I am not a bystander looking at the Passion, but rather, an active participant in the journey to eternal life. We must pick ourselves up and march forward knowing we are led by God's unconditional love. As difficult as it may seem.

  2. Dear Father Stephen,
    Your meditations are connected to the reality of today. They call forth each of us as followers of Christ to ask ourselves if we are willing to rise above our afflictions or will we succumb to the negative energies that surround us. I am seeing each Station with renewed vision.

    1. I still have a copy of the little Stations of the Cross book we prayed together as school children during Lent. My love for Jesus grew there and then. I feel a tremendous love for Jesus now in writing these short meditations that people see around the world because of the internet.