‘LENT is an extraordinary time for all Christians. It’s a time for Reflection of our lives, time to quiet ourselves, time to give up things, and time to change our spirits. With great fasting, the Stations of the Cross come together, which Jesus asks us for. He said to St. Faustyna “My daughter, try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour (3 pm), provided that your duties permit it; and if you are not able to make the Stations of the Cross, then at least step into the chapel for a moment and adore, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, My Heart, which is full of mercy; and should you be unable to step into the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer there where you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant.” (Diary, 1572)’ (Excerpt from Miracles Exist in Today’s World)
During Lent on Fridays, as Catholics we should attend the Stations of the Cross either in our local parish (if possible) or virtually. The Stations of the Cross helps us to learn the journey that Jesus took on his way to the cross and we can dedicate it to our own intentions. We celebrate the Stations of the Cross on Fridays in remembrance of the Friday that Jesus had taken his cross and died for us, which is Good Friday.
‘Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, “take up his cross, and follow me.’ (Matthew 16:24)
Everyone has their own cross and everyone carries their own. There are different types of crosses: loneliness, sickness, poverty, not being accepted, addiction, etc. Why do we suffer and why do we have crosses to bear? You can ask all you want, but you won’t find the answer. Some of these crosses are the result of our poor life decisions and some of them are unexpected. Do not despair, do not yell, do not complain, you can’t run away from your own cross. Look at Jesus on the cross who did not do anything wrong:
♥ He taught us how to live, in order to have eternal life.
♥ He fed the poor.
♥ He healed the sick.
♥ He loved and forgave all.
When your cross becomes too much to handle, look at Him, and ask him for patience. He will never give us a cross that we can’t bear. Trust in Him!!