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Archive for April, 2009

Fourteenth Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb

The sadness on the face of the family and friends of Jesus says it all. You can almost hear the unspoken question, ‘Why?’ Was the death of Jesus inevitable? Why do so many die through hunger, malnourishment and disease while in many parts of the world we have so much medicine, water and produce? We must always ask ‘why’ so that we do not ignore the questions or turn away from the needs of others.

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Thirteenth Station: The body of Jesus is taken down from the Cross – Prayer


Lord, the sadness of Mary is lived again in the sorrow of mothers throughout the world. Give me the grace to continue to offer relief to those whose lives are blighted by the effects of climate change. Help me to change my lifestyle so that mothers may no longer be faced with this tragedy of loss and suffering.

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Thirteenth Station: The body of Jesus is taken down from the Cross

We are familiar with the many examples of the Pieta, the image of the dead body of Jesus laid in his mother’s arms. Artists over the centuries have depicted it in many ways. There is a sadness in this image and yet there is relief that the suffering is over. The body of Jesus that had been racked with pain is tenderly held in the arms of his mother and her companions. This is such a contrast from the rough handling from his captors and torturers. This idea of relief brings to mind the watering of land after a drought.

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Twelfth Station: Jesus dies on the Cross – Prayer

Lord, keep me focused on the power I have to change society and to improve the lot of others. May I never forget those who have died as a result of climate change. May I resolve to bring about change where I can by living responsibly and considerately.

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Twelfth Station: Jesus dies on the Cross

In the words of the Preface for Christian Death, ‘the sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality’. Even as I recognise the consequences of climate change – the devastation of vast areas of land, the ruination of crops, the spread of disease, the cruelty of famine and drought – I remain hopeful that by working with others, we can turn things around again. The cross of Christ was ultimately one of victory.

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Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the Cross – Prayer

Lord, words are not adequate to describe the pain and suffering of your ordeal. Open my eyes to the tragedy my selfishness can inflict on others. May I never turn away from my responsibility for the whole of creation. May my efforts ensure a reduction in the suffering of others.

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Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the Cross

Jesus suffers as he is nailed to the cross. He is treated cruelly in the same way that many people in the world are made to suffer the pain of malnutrition and the ravages of illness by the nails of our indifference. I become mindful of the consequences of my actions and of my use of the resources of this world.

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Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of his garments – Prayer

Lord, you knew humiliation and embarrassment when you were robbed of your very dignity. You were always the champion of the poor. Now I am called to cover the shame of the world’s greed with the garments of generosity and positive action. May I be instrumental in restoring the dignity of those who are made poor by my selfishness.

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Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of his garments

The embarrassment that Jesus felt and the pain and humiliation which he suffered as he was being stripped of his garments resembles the ongoing attacks on people today. As I hear about muggings, violence and burglaries I sometimes become too concerned with my own situation. I reflect on the violence that goes on when the stronger members of society steal livelihoods from the weaker ones because of an unjust use of limited resources. I commit myself to thinking and acting more to ensure the dignity of all people.

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Ninth Station: Jesus falls a third time – Prayer

Lord, you know how I sometimes feel like giving up completely when I fail more than once. Teach me to pick myself up as you did on your road to Calvary. Give me the humility to accept the help of others on my journey and to turn to you for strength when I feel alone and dispirited.

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