Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Jesus is Buried ~ The Fourteenth Station

Archbishop Romero 

Jesus' terrible execution is over now. A few friends stay behind to prepare and place his body in a grave that is not his own. Then since the Sabbath is beginning, and the sun is getting low in the sky, these loyal ones depart quickly. It is a sad scene that Jesus, who took so much time with people, should be buried hurriedly. 

We might say, "Finally, there is peace," as the great stone is rolled in front of the tomb and there's quiet. But Oscar Romero, the murdered archbishop of El Salvador (March 24, 1980), wrote during the time of great national anguish and death: "Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the result of violent oppression...Peace is generosity, which is a right and a duty."

Jesus has been so generous with us, with me! How can I begin to respond to his gift in some new way? What can I do?

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


  1. Why all the nonreligious pictures in this third run of stations? Not to be critical, but what do you have to say about that?

  2. I'd be pleased to hear what YOU have to say about it first. Especially since you aren't being critical but inquiring. Your insightful reflecting might be much more interesting than what I have to say. Give it a go.

  3. You really would like to here what I have say? I am inquiring because it seems that these are the holiest days of the year and you are putting up pictures of of firemen and staircases and nuns. When I think of the Stations of the Cross, I think of Christ and the Cross. I am certain that you have your reasons.

  4. For sure these are the holiest days of the year! But you're asking for 'religious" pictures and I'm proposing that the pictures you've indicated, and any others that have been shown over the past year are profoundly religious. Our religion celebrates mystery: "Let us proclaim the mystery of faith" - and mystery means not that God is far away and we have to keep trying to solve the puzzle - but that God is so close we're likely to miss it. And God is so close - not just in the historical moments we celebrate whether it's Bethlehem or the Upper Room or Calvary - but the mystery is now - today - right this moment. These things we celebrate and believe in are not frozen in the past but they are always and eternal. Now the pictures I employ always reflect the meditation - the picture and the words go hand in hand. Look again - the mystery is there. Look again. Stay with this conversation.