THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Based on the Holy Bible and St Faustina’s Diary
Merciful Lord, my Master, I want to follow You faithfully. I desire to imitate You in my life in a way that will be more and more perfect; therefore, I am praying that, by meditating on Your passion, You will give me the grace of a greater understanding of the mysteries of spiritual life.
Mary, Mother of Mercy, ever faithful to Christ, lead me in the footsteps of the sorrowful passion of your Son and obtain for me the graces necessary to fruitfully observe of this Way of the Cross. I offer it for the intention of:
... (for example, priests, religious, and all those striving for perfection):
- JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH
The chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus in order to put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward.(Mt 26:59-60)
We are sensitive to words and quickly want to answer back, without taking any regard as to whether it is God’s will that we should speak. A silent soul is strong; no adversities will harm it if it perseveres in silence. The silent soul is capable of attaining the closest union with God. (Diary, 477)
Merciful Jesus, help me to accept every human judgement
and do not let me ever condemn You in my neighbour.
- JESUS TAKES UP HIS CROSS
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown of out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said, ‘Hail King of the Jews!’... Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak. And he [Pilate] said to them, ‘Behold, the man!’When the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out, ‘Crucify him, crucify him!’ (Jn 19:1-6)
Jesus, I thank You for the little daily crosses,for opposition to my endeavours, for the hardships of communal life, for the misinterpretation of my intentions, for humiliations at the hands of others, for the harsh way in which we are treated, for false suspicions, for poor health and loss of strength, for self-denial, for dying to myself, for lack of recognition in everything, for upsetting of all my plans. (Diary, 343)
Merciful Jesus, teach me to value the toil of life, sickness, and every suffering;
teach me to carry this cross everyday with love.
- JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME
We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all...
And he shall take away the sins of many, and win pardon for their offences. (Is 53: 6,12)
O my Jesus, how prone I am to evil, and this forces me to be constantly vigilant. But I do not lose heart. I trust God’s grace, which abounds in the worst misery. (Diary, 606)
Merciful Lord, save me from every voluntary and conscious infidelity, even the smallest.
- JESUS MEETS HIS BLESSED MOTHER
Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted - and a sword will pierce your own soul too. (Lk 2:34-35)
I saw the Blessed Virgin... (she) held me close to herself and said to me: Be courageous. Do not fear apparent obstacles, but fix your gaze upon the Passion of My Son, and in this way, you will be victorious. (Diary, 449)
Mary, Mother of Mercy, be with me always, and especially in suffering,
in the same way as you were on the way of the cross of your Son.
- SIMON OF CYRENE HELPS JESUS TO CARRY THE CROSS
As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus. (Lk 23:26)
O my Jesus, You do not give a reward for the successful performance of a work, but for the good will and labour undertaken. Therefore, I am completely at peace, even if all my undertakings and efforts should be thwarted or should come to naught. If I do all that is in my power, the rest is not my business. (Diary, 952)
O Jesus, my Lord, let every thought, word and action be undertaken exclusively out of love for You. Purify my intentions.
- VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS
There was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him, nor appearance that would attract us to him. He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, one of those from whom men hide their faces, spurned, and we held him in no esteem. (Is 53:2-3)
I am learning how to be good from Jesus, from Him who is goodness itself, so that I may be called a daughter of the heavenly Father. (Diary, 669) Great love can change small things into great ones, and it is only love which lends value to our actions. (Diary, 303)
Lord Jesus, my Master, make merciful my eyes, hands, lips, heart...
Keep transforming me into mercy.
- JESUS FALLS THE SECOND TIME
Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. (Is 53:4)
Jesus, do not leave me alone... You know, Lord, how weak I am. I am an abyss of wretchedness, I am nothingness itself; so what will be so strange if You leave me alone and I fall? (Diary, 1489) So You, Jesus, must stand by me constantly like a mother by a helpless child - and even more so. (Diary, 264)
May Your grace assist me, Lord, so that I may not keep falling continuously into the same errors; and when I fall, help me to get up and praise Your mercy
- JESUS MEETS THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM
A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said: ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves.’ (Lk 23:27-28)
I fervently beg the Lord to strengthen my faith, so that in my drab, everyday life I will not be guided by human dispositions, but by those of the spirit. Oh, how everything drags man towards the earth! But lively faith maintains the soul in the higher regions and assigns selflove its proper place; that is to say, the lowest one. (Diary, 210)
Merciful Lord, I thank You for holy baptism and the grace of faith.
Again and again I call: Lord, I believe! Increase my faith!
- JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME
Though he was harshly treated, he submitted and opened not his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, he was silent and opened not his mouth... But the Lord was pleased to crush him in infirmity. (Is 53:7-10)
My Jesus, despite Your graces, I see and feel all my misery. I begin my day with battle and end it with battle. As soon as I conquer one obstacle, ten more appear to take its place. But I am not worried, because I know that this is the time of struggle, not peace. (Diary, 606)
Merciful Lord, I give You this, which is exclusively my own property, that is, sin and human weakness. I beg of You, let my wretchedness be drowned in Your unfathomable mercy.
- JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENT
When the soldiers... took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each soldier. They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top down. So they said to one another, ‘Let’s not tear it but cast lots for it to see whose it will be’, in order that the passage of the scripture might be fulfilled. (Jn 19:23-24)
Jesus was suddenly standing before me, stripped of His clothes, His body completely covered with wounds, His eyes flooded with tears and blood. His face disfigured and covered with spittle. The Lord then said to me: The bride must resemble her Betrothed. I understood these words to their very depth. There is no room for doubt here. My likeness to Jesus must be through suffering and humility. (Diary, 268)
Jesus, gentle and humble of Heart, touch my heart and make it like Your own.
- JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS
Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself if you are the Son of God, (and) come down from the cross!’ Likewise the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him and said ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself... He trusted in God; let him deliver him now if he wants him’. (Mt 27:39-43)
O my Jesus, you know what efforts are needed to live sincerely and unaffectedly with those from whom our nature flees, or with those who, deliberately or not, have made us suffer. Humanly speaking, this is impossible. At such times more than at others, I try to discover the Lord Jesus in such a person and for this same Jesus, I do everything for such people. (Diary, 766)
O purest Love, rule in all Your plenitude in my heart and let me love even the things that, humanly speaking, are impossible to love.
- JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS
It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon... Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands, I commend my spirit’; and when he had said this he breathed his last. (Lk 23:44-46) But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. (Jn 19:33-40)
Then I saw the Lord nailed to the cross. When He had hung on it for a while, I saw a multitude of souls crucified like Him. Then I saw a second multitude of souls, and a third. The second multitude were not nailed to [their] crosses, but were holding them firmly in their hands. The third were neither nailed to [their] crosses, nor holding them firmly in their hands, but were dragging [their] crosses behind them and were discontent. Jesus then said to me: Do you see these souls? Those who are like Me in the pain and contempt they suffer will be like Me also in glory. And those who also resemble Me less in pain and contempt will also bear less resemblance to Me in glory. (Diary, 446)
O Jesus, my Saviour, hide me in the depth of Your Heart, so that strengthened by Your grace,
I may imitate You in the love of the cross and participate in Your glory.
- JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS
The centurion who witnessed what had happened glorified God and said, ‘This man was innocent beyond doubt.’ When all the people who had gathered for this spectacle saw what had happened, they returned home beating their breasts; but all his acquaintances stood at a distance. (Lk 23:47-49)
I fly to Your mercy Compassionate God, who, alone are good. Although my misery is great, and my offences are many, I trust in Your mercy, because You are the God of mercy; and, from time immemorial, it has never been heard of, nor do heaven or earth remember, that a soul trusting in Your mercy has been disappointed. (Diary, 1730)
Merciful Jesus, every day increase within me trust in Your mercy,
so I may always and everywhere give witness to Your infinite goodness and love.
- JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB
They took the body of Jesus and bound it with the burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by. (Jn 19:40-42)
Every soul You have entrusted to me, Jesus, I will try to aid with prayer and sacrifice, so that Your grace can work in them. O great lover of souls, my Jesus, I thank You for the immense confidence with which You have deigned to place souls in our care. (Diary, 245)
Merciful Lord, grant that not even one of those souls which You have entrusted to me be lost.
My Jesus, my only hope, I thank You for this book which You opened to the eyes of my soul. This book is Your Passion, undertaken out of love of me.
From this book, I learned how to love God and souls.
This book contains inexhaustible treasures.
O Jesus, how few souls understand You in Your martyrdom of love.
Happy the soul that has come to understand the love of the heart of Jesus. (Diary, 304)