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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Seventh Station ~ Jesus Falls the Second Time

A PRE-MEDITATED CRIME is one in which every detail of the scene is scrupulously thought out beforehand: all possibilities are anticipated, all the potential problems  resolved in the imagination. And so to meditate is simply to fix my mind on the gospel scene - perhaps to take up a role in the sacred drama and to let it unfold in my mind, even in the details: the touch of Jesus, the words of Jesus, the look of Jesus. 

How often we lament, "I'm having such hard time these days." And then we tell the sad tale: the injuries suffered, the disappointing failure, the unwanted responsibilities, the money or health woes, the over-burdening requests, the self-doubting, the beckoning of the past. 

There is really only one thing for the Christian to do: get beneath the cross with Jesus and carry at least a little piece of the wood with him. Or if that won't do, at least walk alongside Jesus in my mind as he does the work for me. After awhile, I'll see how much stronger I am beside Jesus - stronger than I ever imagined!

"Do not let your hearts be troubled," Jesus said to the apostles before they left for the Garden of Gethsemane, (John 14:1)


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


  1. You tell us that we should take up the cross and shoulder our troubles as Jesus did. Not to run from our fears, insecurities and feelings of displacement. How will this make us stronger? It seems that it would be better to rid ourselves of these burdens to be free.

    1. We can't rid ourselves of every burden. We don't have that kind of control or power. But stronger because I walk beneath the cross alongside Jesus? Yes.

    2. Thank you for your response Father. I imagine walking alongside Jesus should be enough to strengthen us. I will focus my thoughts in this direction and try to strengthen my faith in this belief. Life can be a long hard trail to navigate.

    3. I don't know how old you are, but up until the late 1960's Catholics were commonly reminded to "Offer it up" in the face of troubles, pain, sorrow, disappointment. Then we started to laugh at that advice. There was something to that. Now we self-medicate, pay big money to the counselor are more bitter and complaining than ever..... I think we lost something.

  2. This was one of those days and you have lightened the heavy load a bit. I do know that God is walking beside me in my times of sorrow and anguish and even when I am just struggling sustain a normal existence. And just knowing that I am not alone makes me stronger, for I know that eventually the yoke will be lifted.