|Chapel of the 7th Station ~ Via Dolorosa|
JESUS REMAINS SILENT while mockery and ridicule are heaped upon him. Whether in school, business, parish, village - we all take our turn being treated badly at some point or other. And this can cause a great suffering. "...but words can never harm me," isn't really true, is it?
In humility and truth however, I acknowledge having perhaps damaged the reputation or good name of others myself.
Silent Jesus, forgive!
Calumny is speaking untruths about people and hurting their reputations.
Detraction is without good reason, revealing the faults of others to people who knew nothing about it.
Rash judgment is assuming as true, without real foundation, the faults of another person.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy call me to bear wrongs patiently,. Jesus never escalates violence or hurt. Rather, he teaches, "Pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust." (Matthew 5: 44,45)
Some silent moments
Our Father Who art in Heaven...
Hail Mary full of grace...
Glory be to the Father...