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Station 4 – Jesus Encounters His Afflicted Mother

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We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Every mother has memories of their early relationship with their new born. Their loving glance is …More
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Every mother has memories of their early relationship with their new born. Their loving glance is captured in one moment. Christ is being seen by his mother up close for the last time. Christ is facing death through this inescapable unjust torture unfolding. Jesus’ path allows Him one last encounter His mother and powerful source of strength throughout his life. She taught him the meaning of the words, “Be it done unto me”. Now they look into each others eyes. He is pained to see his mothers tears of sorrow and helplessness at the sight of Him. She almost smiles, blessing his mission through her love and trusts Gods love which will eternally bind them together.

Our betrayals are intense and softened only when we realize we are loved. At this moment along the journey we remember the times we have been seen up close and intimate even if briefly.

Our betrayals are intense and softened only when we realize we are loved. At this moment along the journey we remember the times we have been seen up close and intimate even if briefly.
A sword will pierce your own soul also. And fill your heart with bitter pain.

O God, who willed that in the passion of your Son a sword of grief should piece the soul of the Blessed Mary his mother: Mercifully grant that your Church, having shared with her in his passion, may be made worthy to share in the joys of his resurrection; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.