The Way of the Cross For Greater Trust

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(I have had a few intense personal matters flare up the last few days. All will be well, but between certain projects and problems, I am not at my best concentration right now. Fortunately, Janet Klasson – better known as Peliantio – sent this beautiful guest column as a marvelous way to begin Holy Week. – CJ)

By Janet Klasson, BSP

(with excerpts from her Pelianito Blog)

Before each Station genuflect and pray the following:

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you…  /  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

After each Station pray: 

Our Father, Who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen. 

Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, spread the effect of grace of Thy Flame of Love over all of humanity, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Glory be to the Father and the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)


 

First Station: Jesus is condemned to death (We adore…)

Jesus, even though you were God, you submitted to the authority of mere creatures. Even though you were innocent, you did not complain or come to your own defence. Knowing that your purpose for coming to earth was about to be gloriously fulfilled, you surrendered each agonizing moment to the Father.

Jesus, in our time of trial, help us to remember that God’s ways are not our ways, and to trust always in God’s goodness and mercy. Help us to be docile to the Divine Will in all things and to trust, always trust. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “Do not be afraid. My love is a love that conquers. My wounds bring healing. My death brings life. Ask for my strength, my gifts and graces. You will need them. Ask especially when you receive me in the Eucharist. I am giving them out more generously than ever and that is because you will need them. So ask! I am with you. We conquer together. Unite yourselves to me. Children I am near!”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

Second Station: Jesus carries his cross (We adore…)

Jesus, you did not merely accept your cross, you did not merely endure your cross, you embraced your cross! You saw it as the instrument that would bring salvation to all those the Father had given you. Each agonizing step to Calvary was a prayer and a kiss.

Jesus, sometimes we are asked to carry a cross. Help us not to merely accept or endure our cross, but to embrace it as you did. Kiss it for us when we are unable to kiss it ourselves. Help us to pray with you as we walk up the hill to Calvary one step at a time. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “It is in the crucible of trial that trust is purified. Trust in me. If you do not trust me in small trials, how will your faith survive bigger ones? I am near to you and I love you. Let your trust in me precede you into heaven. It will pave the road for you and make your path to eternity straight.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

Third Station: Jesus falls the first time (We adore…)

Jesus, weakened in the humanity you embraced for our sake, you fell under the weight of the cross. Yet you did not give up your mission, but trusting in God, you pulled yourself up and continued on the way.

Jesus, we are so much weaker than you are. We fall constantly. In your mercy, do not let us give in to despair, but keep our mission before us so that we too can persevere to the glory of your name. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “Beloved, what is there to fear? I hold you in the palm of my hand. Do you not believe that I am near? It is when you feel my presence the least that I am most near. Believe this! Have confidence! Do not let what is earthly distract you from believing in my nearness. Practice this today so that when you are really tested, your trust in me will not waver. Remain firm and steadfast. The day of glory is coming. Trust in me.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

Fourth Station: Jesus meets His Mother (We adore…)

O my Jesus, the unimaginable sorrow of meeting your Mother on the way! What pain you saw in her eyes, yet what love and tenderness. What fidelity and total surrender to the will of God. Her “Fiat!” that conceived you in her holy womb echoed even here. How it must have given you strength to continue!

Jesus, help us to also echo the “Fiat!” of our Mother as we carry our cross. So often we want to beg that this cross be taken from us, but let us always pray with our Mother, “Let it be done to me according to your word.” Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “Make your fiat one with mine and our Mother’s. Children, beloved ones, I am depending on you. You have no idea what your fiat can purchase. Trust in me, my children. The world is in need of your fiat!”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene is made to help carry the cross (We adore…)

Jesus, Simon of Cyrene was reluctantly pressed into service to help you carry your cross. What a contrast to your embrace of it. If only Simon had known what he was carrying, he would have been blinded by tears of gratitude!

Sweet Jesus, forgive us for the times we complain about our cross. Give us courage and strength to see the good we can accomplish by yoking ourselves to you. Let that realization give us joy and hope. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “You are Simon of Cyrene and I am asking you to carry my cross. Do not take it up reluctantly, but with great joy give thanks to God for the great honor he bestows on you and the great trust he places in you in allowing you to carry so precious a treasure as the cross of Christ. Simon could not have known, but you know. Therefore, when I ask you to carry a burden, embrace it with holy joy. Offer it to the Father in the Divine Will in the name of everyone to make up for what is lacking in those who refuse their mission.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

Sixth Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus (We adore…)

Jesus, the love and compassion of Veronica gave her the courage to approach you on the way and offer comfort by wiping your face with her veil. You rewarded her love and courage by leaving an image of your holy face on her veil.

O my Jesus, so often in our fear of what others will say we are paralyzed, and we do not act when we should. Veronica trusted in you. She did not let fear paralyze her. May her prayers on our behalf give us courage to act when we can, to offer compassion to others. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “Fear neither the coming persecution, nor the coming hardship, but placing your trust in the Spirit of the living God, pray with great confidence. Fear has no place in a heart filled with the Holy Spirit. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, but rest always in the Breath of Love that flows between the Father and the Son. What can happen to you there? Rest in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

Seventh Station: Jesus falls the second time (We adore…)

Jesus, further weakened in your flesh you fell a second time. Still you willed only that the Father’s will would be accomplished and so you persevered.

Beloved Jesus, we give up so easily. We fall and we fail so often that we are tempted to give up, and to despair of ever attaining holiness. Help us not to focus on ourselves when we fall, but to trust in your loving mercy, which is infinite. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “Oh yes, I know your weakness, but for those who even desire to be faithful, my love fills in the gap. Indeed my love floods in and the weak little heart that longs to be faithful in spite of itself is lifted higher than it could ever have climbed on its own power. Do you see how merciful is your Lord? Do you see how the humble soul has nothing to fear, not even its own weakness? What does it cost me to be so generous? I tell you, not only am I undiminished by these acts of infinite mercy, but on the contrary, I am magnified in them and they add to my glory.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

Eighth Station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem (We adore…)

Jesus you told the women who wept for you to weep instead for themselves and for their children. You foresaw all those who would continually reject you through the ages. It was for them that you asked the women to weep.

O my Jesus, our faith is fickle and frail. Lord we believe, help our unbelief! We offer all our sufferings, in the Divine Will, linked to the cross, for all those whose faith is even more frail, or for those who have lost their faith altogether. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “Little children, draw near! Draw deeply from the well of my strength. You do not have to carry these burdens on your own power. Yoke yourselves to me, for my yoke is easy and my burden light. Remain firmly rooted in your faith. Do not be discouraged, but be always joyful, knowing that the promise of the Father is certain for those who trust in him.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

Ninth Station: Jesus falls the third time (We adore…)

What anguish to see you fall a third time! Yet your holy desire to live the Father’s will gave you strength to get up one more time. As you neared the crest of Calvary, the weaker your body became, the more your spirit soared. The crowning of your earthly mission was near.

Jesus, do not let us get bogged down by our sins and failings, but let us always keep our eyes firmly fixed on the most holy will of God. Do not let us be distracted by what is earthly or by our own weakness, but let us focus on following your footsteps all the way to Calvary. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “You are weary. Do not dwell on your weariness for that will lead to discouragement. Instead meditate on all that your Lord has done for you. If you do this, you will soon be filled with joy. Just a little while longer my children. You cannot imagine the joy that is to come! Be faithful. Trust in me. I am with you and I love you.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped (We adore…)

Loving Jesus, you renounced everything for our sake, even to the last shred of your dignity. Yet in renouncing all, you were claiming all for your own, for your Heavenly Father saw what was taken away from you and in return he gave you all that your soul thirsted for, namely souls.

Jesus, cut us loose from all that tethers us to the earth. Take away all that we cling to and give it back to us in right relationship, so that we will no longer have idols in our lives. Give us the desire to put you first in all things. In our poverty we do not even have that. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “Awake! Awake, my children! What you cling to is worthless! Now you will see how lacking substance are the idols you worship. They will become like the fog, burned off in the glory of the Son. You will see that what you imagined upheld you, the very thing you leaned on, is as solid as the air. You will fall and fall hard. But, my children, like the good Father who helps his little one to stand after each tumble, I will be there to give you more than you had before—infinitely more. Be not afraid, but place all your hope and trust in me—now, today, forever. Turn to me, my little ones.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

 

 

Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross (We adore…)

O Jesus, with what love you surrendered to the hammer and nails that pinned you to the throne of salvation! All this your Mother witnessed. What anguish for you both, your martyrdom of blood and her martyrdom of spirit. What unimaginable grace it took for her not to beg you to come down. Her “Fiat!” echoed even here and was a great consolation to you.

Jesus when our own pains become unbearable help us to remember the love and grace present in you and your Mother at the crucifixion. Help us to always look to you for strength, and to our Mother for consolation. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “Trust in me. Accept all that happens as from my sacred hand. Let your peace be a sign to others. Do not fret or worry. Trust, pray, be at peace. Can I say it too many times? Have you heard it yet? Surrender joyfully to my holy will. I have come so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. Children! Trust in me!”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

Twelfth Station: Jesus dies on the cross (We adore…)

O my Jesus, by your death you purchased life for those who would accept the gracious gift of salvation. How can we begin to fathom the magnitude of such a gift! What glorious lessons you taught us from the altar of sacrifice in your “seven last words”.

Jesus, forgive us for not pondering often enough the lessons you taught in life and in death. Help us imitate our Mother and ponder them in our hearts continually. Open our hearts to learn your lessons, and may our Mother explain to us in simple terms the things we must learn. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “My child, pray! For a silence and a sadness is coming to my people. My children have turned against me. I am betrayed once again into the hands of the enemy. Who will stay with me at the foot of the cross? Who will run and scatter? Little child, pray for grace, the grace to stay at the foot of the cross with our Mother. A day will come when all that is familiar will be changed or gone. I say this not to cause you anxiety, but to prepare your heart for the coming trial. Remember always that I am with you. Remember the prayer, and pray it often. Pray it with my Mother at the foot of the cross. Through her tears and anguish she never lost faith—‘Jesus I trust in you.’”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

Thirteenth Station: Jesus is taken down from the cross (We adore…)

With what sorrow and tenderness your most holy Mother held your tortured, lifeless body in her arms! She who nursed and caressed you in your infancy now endured the piercing of her heart. Yet despite what in her agony she had witnessed, she trusted in the victorious triumph of her beloved Son, God Incarnate.

O my Jesus, when all seems lost, let us always remember the sorrow of our Mother as she held your lifeless body. Grant us the trust that she possessed and make that trust our own possession through her prayers on our behalf. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “Think of a baby in its mother’s womb. The child is at peace no matter what is going on outside. He does not know what it means to feel anxious or afraid. Weak and dependent though he is, he gives no thought to it, but places all his trust in the one who gently carries him. This is how it must be with you. Let the tempest rage, but you must contemplate your Beloved and place all your trust in him. One day you will be born into the kingdom of everlasting peace and your joy will never end.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

Fourteenth Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb (We adore…)

O my Jesus, what a silence and a sadness descended on your disciples when you were laid in the tomb! Even though you had foretold that these things must happen, your disciples descended into confusion and fear. They forgot what you had told them, that on the third day you would rise again.

Jesus, you do not do anything without making it first known to your servants the prophets. You have taken great care to prepare us for the silence and the sadness that is coming to the world. Help us to believe in the promise of the resurrection, that the time of trial is merely the prelude to a time of great glory. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “My beloved, I mean to rebuild my Church, and what joy and celebration there will be on that glorious day! But before that day, a storm of destruction, for what must be rebuilt must first be razed. Do not tremble in fear at these words, for they are words of hope. I am coming to restore my Bride to a glory never before seen, a glory I have desired from the beginning. I will tear down what is rotted and replace it with pure gold that will not tarnish or decay. Be at peace, my children, whatever comes. I am near—as near to you as your own breath.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

Fifteenth Station: Jesus rises from the dead (We adore…)

O glorious day! When all seemed hopeless, you manifested your glorious presence to Mary Magdalene and then your disciples. You made your presence known in a special way in the Breaking of the Bread. Even after having been told by you in advance about these things, your disciples could not have imagined how glorious that day would be!

Jesus, we too have been prepared for a day of glory that will rise from the ashes. Your mercy will not permit sin to reign on the earth forever. You will come to purify your Bride and to give your faithful remnant their Sabbath rest. Help us to keep this always in mind when the days darken. Jesus we trust in you.

Pelianito Journal: “Wait for God—he will come to you, and he will come to the world in glory and majesty. Keep this thought before you as a light shining in the darkness. Your Lord comes! He comes to rule the world with justice and the peoples with fairness.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Have mercy on us Lord. / (Repeat)

(Printable versions of this prayer are available here: http://pelianito.stblogs.com/?attachment_id=2799 )

 

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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65 Responses to The Way of the Cross For Greater Trust

  1. Mack says:

    Thank you for these beautiful stations. There is so much need of prayer. I just read an article about this attempt to make abortion seem OK, like it’s no big deal. Please pray for the conversion of these minds and hearts.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-fluffy-robe-a-cup-of-tea-and-an-abortion/2015/03/29/0c55f17c-cbe7-11e4-8c54-ffb5ba6f2f69_story.html

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    • Ed Allison says:

      Mack, that story reminds me of the old Charleton Heston movie, ‘Soylent Green’. If you remember it, the character played by Edward G. Robinson, goes to a place like that to be euthanized. But there’s a similar story that I read recently, that I find even more disturbing. It’s about a children’s book called, Sister Apple, Sister Pig” by Mary Walling Blackburn. It’s about Lee, who’s sister was aborted. He concludes that his ‘Sister is a happy ghost’. It is completely disgusting. Lord have mercy us!

      http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2015/03/childrens-book-about-abortion-my-sister.html

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      • Mack says:

        Yes, Ed, I do remember Soylent Green! Thanks for the link too. Now that we are approaching Easter, I try to keep my courage up by remembering that Jesus has already won the victory over evil. We still have much to go through, but always with the certain hope that in the end Jesus has the victory!

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      • audiemarie2014 says:

        Ed, my youngest son just introduced me to that movie a few months ago! He couldn’t believe I had never seen it. Loved Charleton Heston and Edward G. Robinson, but didn’t like the movie all that much.

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      • Lily says:

        That is so disturbing! It is bad enough to say an unborn baby isn’t a baby, but so much worse to say we can kill babies if they might make us sad or mad or take up too much time. Yikes, there is no end to that line of thinking!

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  2. SteveBC says:

    Thank you, Janet.

    Charlie, I hope your situation will improve, but sometimes Stuff Happens and ya just gotta deal with things. Perhaps it’s giving you time on something different so that when you are back to Full Forward, the path ahead will be clearer than it has been for you over the past few weeks.

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  3. mll says:

    Thank you Charlie–these are wonderful Stations of the Cross. I hope that you will be feeling better soon and things will die down to a dull roar for you. Take care. Have a Blessed Holy Week and Easter!

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  4. luvmercy5775 says:

    Thank you Janet. And prayers offered for you Charlie. Now I’d like to add a little something that I pray will be a blessing to everyone.

    As we pray and meditate on the Stations of the Cross, consider the words copied below. Viewed from this perspective, by citing the first line of Psalm 22, Jesus’ last words on the Cross were a victory cry rather than feelings of despair. He knew the end from the beginning and though He could have ended the ordeal at any time, He kept the vision before Him and endured to the end when He cried out, “It is finished.” As He endured, as we face the Storm, I believe He will give us the grace and courage to do the same. All glory, honor and praise to the Lamb who was slain. He is worthy to be praised. Marion

    Figurative Language – BibleThought

    Incipit. The beginning or opening words of the text of a medieval manuscript or early printed book. In this case, of course, the bible.

    Recognize that the book chapters and verses of our bibles are of relatively recent origin.

    Thus the typical way for referencing a scroll or part of the Old Testament was by citing the incipit — the first verse in the section of concern, perhaps of the chapter or scroll.

    Many scholars believe that Mark 15:34, “my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” is an incipit reference to Psalms 22. This conclusion is hard to avoid when we see so many of the details of the crucifixion in Psalms 22.

    The passage in Psalms actually turns out quite positive indicating that the conventional belief that God forsook Jesus on the cross is not true.

    Other fairly clear incipit references are 2 Cor. 6:2 to Isa. 49:8, and Romans 1:16-17 to Habakkuk 2:4. We say this because of the very brief references as opposed to the richness of the content of the passage referenced.

    In other words, it is clear that the New Testament writer did not want to cite just a single part of a verse, but rather wanted the reader to go to the Old Testament and reference the subject matter of the entire passage (assuming that the reader was not already familiar with it).

    Habbakuk, for example was urging the people of his day not to just talk about their faith, but to live it out. There is no reason to think that Paul would have any other motive than this for citing it, since this was Habbakuk’s motive in writing it originally. It is easy to generalize these thoughts and see that a very large proportion of the Old Testament quotations given in the New Testament may be familiar incipits to passages, since no doubt an understanding of that Old Testament context would certainly improve their (and our) understanding of the New Testament passage that makes the reference.

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    • luvmercy, I have also heard it said that Jesus was intoning the psalm as prayer. In the temple, the rabbi would lead the congregation in this way. He would intone the psalm and they would respond. We also use this style in the Liturgy of the Hours. Jesus was teaching them to see Scriptures being fulfilled in his passion. As you say, the psalm ends in a positive way, actually praising God and declaring triumph in vs 27-31:

      All the ends of the earth shall remember
      and turn to the Lord;
      and all the families of the nations
      shall worship before him.
      For dominion belongs to the Lord,
      and he rules over the nations.
      To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
      before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
      and I shall live for him.
      Posterity will serve him;
      future generations will be told about the Lord,
      and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
      saying that he has done it.

      Amen! And Amen!

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      • barb129 says:

        I’ve always loved this psalm and this part has resonated with me for the last 15 years or so; I’ve always considered it as part of God’s promise to me though I always have in my head a different translation:
        “And my soul shall live for Him
        My children serve Him
        They shall tell of the Lord to generations yet to come
        Declare His faithfulness to a people yet unborn.
        These things the Lord has done.”
        It is especially more meaningful to me in the days that are here and that are coming….what beautiful hope these words hold.

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  5. audiemarie2014 says:

    Janet, I love these Stations of the Cross with your meditations! I am taking them to church with me tomorrow. Thank you!! I hope all is well, Charlie. Will keep all in my prayers.

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  6. Bob says:

    And this of one who so famously carried her cross 10 years ago due to an increasingly depraved and spiritually blind culture and legal system.
    http://www.lifenews.com/2015/03/30/i-will-never-forget-the-look-of-horror-on-my-sister-terri-schiavos-face-the-day-she-died/

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    • MMBev says:

      Three times following my surgery, I pushed my body too hard due to circumstances happening then. Each time, I slept for a period of at least eight months, waking only when my husband got me up for meals and meds.

      The last time I woke to see Congress debating whether of not Terri should be allowed food and water. It was like awakening to a nightmare world. Only the nightmare has never stopped, only has shown society as descending lower and lower into sin and degradation.

      Terri is in joy in heaven. Her family and those who love her still carry her cross and will until they die.

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    • NancyA says:

      Thank you for sharing. So important!

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    • Terri’s story reminds me of the parable Jesus told of the poor man and the rich man who both died. After he died, the rich man, who was suffering greatly, begged that the poor man, Lazarus be sent to dip his finger in water to quench the rich man’s thirst. What a stark parallel to Terri’s case. They denied her water in this life. I shudder to think what suffering they will endure in the next. May God have mercy on their souls!

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    • audiemarie2014 says:

      Bob, thank you for sharing this article about the truth of how Terri suffered. I knew back then it was wrong and there was an evil motive behind it all, but didn’t realize how she had suffered so terribly. I am going to print out the article and use it for ammo if/when needed. God bless Terri’s family. Sad beyond words.

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    • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

      I remember those days of her slow murder; they went by in slow motion, in a way, waiting, waiting for someone to save her. I awoke a least one night during that time period, thinking of her and her family’s agony, and it greatly disturbed me. I remember Father Pavone was there, and I read he said he looked at the water in the vases of flowers macabrely put in her room and wanted to dip his finger in them to give the water to Terri — but there were armed guards, I believe, preventing it, and he would have been booted from the room, if not arrested: flowers could have water, but not this woman. I can’t imagine the terror, horror and grief of her and her loving family. Her government-sanctioned execution was a wound on my psyche that does not heal, and is a state-sanctioned crime crying to heaven. The one solace is she is beyond the reach of being hurt any more by men.

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  7. the phoenix says:

    It’s wonderful how Janet (pelianito) is helping you carry your cross, Charlie! Praying for you and for all here.

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  8. MMBev says:

    Charlie, my prayers are with you in this situation. God will rescue, raising things up from the deep.

    Janet, how blessed we are with you gift. It is, as you know, most appropriate for us during this week. Thank you. It will be run off and put into my binder in case we lose computers for a time….I am so grateful to be able to use it for my stations. At the Church here, they are only said once a week, and at a time that I can not attend. Your entry is outstanding, and one I will continually use, Bless you for your faithfulness to Him.

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    • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

      Yes Janet,thank you so much for that, it is absolutely beautiful, brought tears to my eyes!

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    • Lily says:

      Thank you Janet, it is beautiful. I will be printing it too. What do the stations mean?

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      • The Stations are each stop on the Way of the Cross found in every Catholic church Lily. Does that answer your question?

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        • Lily says:

          Partly, Janet, thanks! What is the Way of the Cross? Is it just for Easter?

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          • Lily you can go to a church and pray these prayers as you walk around following the way of the Cross. The stations are usually numbered so you can use the corresponding prayer. Otherwise you can find it online and pray at home. You do not need actual stations to say the prayer though, and it can be said any time of the year, but it has special meaning in Lent when we commemorate our Lord’s passion and death. Also there is a plenary indulgence attached when said at a “legitimately erected” set of stations. Here is the list of conditions for the indulgence according to Catholic.org:

            EXERCISE OF THE WAY OF THE CROSS. PLENARY INDULGENCE. A Plenary indulgence is granted to those who piously make the Way of the Cross. The gaining of the indulgence is regulated by the following rules:

            A.Must be done before stations of the cross legitimately erected.

            B.14 stations are required. Although it is customary for the icons to represent pictures or images, 14 simple crosses will suffice.

            C.The common practice consists of fourteen pious readings to which some vocal prayers are added.. However, nothing more is required than a pious meditation on the Passion and Death of the Lord, which need not be a particular consideration of the individual mysteries of the stations.

            D.A movement from one station to the next is required. But if the stations are made publicly and it is not possible for everyone taking part to go from station to station, it suffices if at least the one conducting the exercise goes from station to station, the others remaining in their places.

            E.Those who are “impeded” can gain the same indulgence if they spend at least one half and hour in pious reading and meditation on the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  9. Barbara Dore says:

    The Way Of The Cross | Fatima Prayers
    http://www.fatimaprayers.com/the-way-of-the-cross Cached
    “I will grant everything that’s asked of Me with Faith when making The Way of The Cross”. “I promise … Those who pray The Way of The Cross … Stations of ..

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Brother Estanislao (1903-1927)

      At the age of 18, a young Spaniard entered the Novitiate of The Brothers of the Christian Schools at Bugedo, Spain. He took the Vow of Regularity, Perfection and Pure Love. In October 1926, he offered himself to Jesus through Mary. Soon after this heroic donation, he fell ill. Within several months he died saintly in March 1927. He was according to the Master of Novices, a Privileged Soul, who received Messages from Heaven. Confessors and Theologians recognized these Supernatural facts. His Director asked him to write the Promises made by Our Lord to those who have devotion to The Way Of The Cross:

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  10. Sonya says:

    Thank you Janet, These meditations bring such comfort.

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  11. Julia says:

    Thank you Janet, for the Way of the Cross and Beautiful meditations.

    Thank you Barbara for the link with the promises. That is very moving, I never knew there were promises attached to making the Stations of the Cross.

    Thank you Lord for Kim who can help give Charlie a break when You need him to ease off a bit.

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    • Kim Johnston Hocutt says:

      Thank you Julia for being here!

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    • Barbara Dore says:

      Julia, welcome. I just found out about Jesus’s promises.. such as Nine First Fridays, Five First Saturdays etc. There are more promises for different areas such as 17 promises for those who say the chaplet of Holy wounds, 7 promises for those who say seven hail marys daily etc. as well the promises of The Holy Face of Jesus too. Jesus is extremely generous to us during this difficult times.

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  12. Donette says:

    I thought you might like to see the story of Myriam and her song, a Christian in the middle east under persecution and view her thoughts and song to the Lord.

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    • Marita says:

      WOW!!!! Donette, Thank you for bringing Myriam to our attention. I cried through the whole video, as soon as she started talking. What a glorious, mighty Saint for God. Can’t you just picture Jesus with an ear to ear smile and tears running down his face as she sings this love song to Him? Everyone if we want an example of how to conduct ourselves through the storm, I present to you Saint Myriam. May God continue to bless and protect her and her family and all those who have escpaped Isis. Amen

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    • SteveBC says:

      Lovely, Donette. Thank you for letting us see this.

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    • Michelle says:

      Just beautiful!

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    • Kati says:

      Hi Bob!

      I’ve been printing our all of Mark Mallet’s Lenten meditations on the Liturgical Readings of each day. This (which you have linked) is one of his best! 🙂

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  13. Mick says:

    Thank you, Janet. And, Charlie, I prayed a rosary for you and your intentions earlier today.

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  14. Bob says:

    And during this Holy Week when we celebrate Jesus defeat of the satan here are some quotes from Pope Francis on the subject.
    http://www.churchpop.com/2014/10/07/13-pope-francis-quotes-oldest-foe-devil/

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  15. Mary W. says:

    A heartfelt thank you to Janet for the superb and timely Way of the Cross Meditations. Prayers for Charlie and Kim, and all here. May Easter Joy be ours come that Sunday morn! Thank you Jesus! All Praise be yours.

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  16. Barbara Dore says:

    I am very much looking forward to the great feast day of Divine Mercy! We are very privileged to receive this grace … Jesus, I trust in you.

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  17. Susan says:

    As we meditate on Our Lord’s Passion, this is a Holy Week prayer request. A newborn needs a heart operation. I know Charlie has manged to help Our Lady gather together prayer warriors. In wanting to wish my nephew, who is stationed in Guam, a Blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week, I didn’t know the time difference or if there was a day difference. Searched the day and time in Guam, up popped a news article about a young couple from Guam who just gave birth to a baby boy with a heart defect. Baby needs an operation, Guam doesn’t have the medical staff to handle it. Baby needs to be flown to California. Won’t survive on own without operation. Baby’s father is a Vet, asked military for help. Didn’t get any. Now waiting to be approved for Medicaid, and trying to raise money to have baby medevaced. Baby’s mom’s name is Beverly Encarnacion Abadilla. Thank you for your prayers for this little family in need. Peace.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I have asked the Lord to send St. Teresa of Avila to help guide this family and overcome the hurdles to Baby Abadilla’s survival. She overcame many hurdles in life, and now may she help one who is just beginning with his hurdle.

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      • Susan says:

        Thank you so much Charlie. A Blessed Holy Week and a Glorious Easter! Peace.

        Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. — Pope John Paul II

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  18. JG says:

    Does anyone know anything about this?
    (I removed a link here claiming that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has claimed to be God – and is, thus, the antichrist. From what I could see, the website has done some productive work in trying to get help to Middle Eastern Christians, but it tends to get overheated on trying to force square prophecies into round holes: 1) No other news site or even vaguely credible outlet has repeated some of the charges and 2) even on the site it involves some very tortured interpretations of the language to come up with this conclusion. Erdogan is a very bad and dishonest man, I think…but let us be careful about promiscuously claiming everyone who is a bad actor is the antichrist. – CJ)
    Hasn’t Obama said he’s good friends with this guy? Is this true?
    Is this guy the 9th Imam they are awaiting for ? I remember reading 4+ yrs ago when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was president Iran was physically ready for the return of the Mahadi . They were spending money like crazy to get the infrastructure up and ready while the people were extremely poor and hungry. There was an effort by the Iranians to topple him but the US didn’t support it, hence it failed. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Is this worth mentioning and watching?
    Sorry to ask this question in Holy Week.
    May God bless you.
    PS Thanks for the post Janet!

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  19. Mack says:

    Charlie, this is off-topic for this post. I’m worried seeing the angry protests at Indiana’s religious freedom law, etc., and in view of the upcoming Supreme Court ruling that will probably force same-sex unions on the whole country. But since you said that the government will fall during the Storm, how much will these things matter in the end? I find it very depressing but on the other hand, even though the Storm will be painful, if it sweeps away the evils in our society I am hopeful too.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Yeah, Mack, that is something I am steadying myself with and will be writing about. Insanity is swirling around us. Even from a secular viewpoint, the Storm is now the best chance we have of avoiding a nuclear holocaust now that the American administration is determined to pave the way for Iran’s nuclear program. That I did not see coming until it happened.

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      • Meriadoc says:

        I have always resisted the “Let it burn” attitude, but given the way things are careening out of control, it may be the only medicine that can save us. I never thought I would see the same plague of the soul that wrecked Europe and Russia become normal in the United States. Nevertheless, here we are!

        It seems that almost every big nation in the modern age has undergone a kind of test: France in 1789, Russia in 1917, Weimar Germany in 1933, et al; now it seems our time of testing has come. I feel enormous sadness over the goodness that will be destroyed, but relief that in a few years the trial will be over. If we just stay faithful, we’ll be OK regardless of the outcome. Your site is a great comfort.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I agree with you Meriadoc on avoiding the “Let it burn” mentality take hold. In politics, the Illinois Press Corps almost unanimously considered me their favorite “right-wing nut.” Without breaking any confidences, I often got called in to discuss inter-party matters and inter-ideological matters and often mediate. But things have rolled completely out of control. The system is broke – and beyond fixed. Or maybe the system is so “fixed” it is beyond normal repair.

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      • Mack says:

        Thank you, Charlie, looking forward to more of your thoughts on this.
        I just saw an article on National Review about RFRA that struck me because the author talks about things being unmasked, just like you’ve been saying. Even secular writers know things are unhinged:

        “Anyone acquainted with progressive thought knows that it is founded on unexamined assumptions, but seldom until now have we seen its unhinged hostility unmasked, as the Left reacts to our defense of a cherished freedom written into our Constitution.”

        http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416318/religious-liberty-and-lefts-end-game-andrew-walker

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  20. diane says:

    I like that – the Storm is now the best chance we have of avoiding a nuclear holocaust…
    I have been praying lately that unless we have the Storm we will be lost and more of a degenerate people than we are now and I have been praying that God help us quickly before we doom ourselves.

    Happy Triduum – a very Holy week indeed and one that we should all relish, for these are our High Holy Days.
    God Bless you Troops and may God Speed the Storm
    Love. I do.

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  21. diane says:

    Wednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday,” since it was on this day that Judas conspired with the Temple leadership to hand Jesus over. He would not accomplish his task until the evening of the next day, but this day he made the arrangements and was paid.

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  22. Irish7 says:

    Oh yes, please do if you are able. We can’t speak In defense of religious freedom or Gov Pence here without risking jobs and livelihoods. I am having a hard time discerning what it looks like to be “deliberate” now…do we get our heads down or defend the truth? It is utter madness. Re: Iran..I guess I assumed a nuclear holocost when you said the storm began in North Korea during their nuclear test and Iran was present. I’ve noticed some in the conservative press are beginning to put those dots together….

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    • charliej373 says:

      Some in the establishment press have been starting to put those dots together, too…even though it is open information now. (Notice I NEVER say the “mainstream” press – there is nothing mainstream about them, but they are the establishment. I like using that phrase because it is both true and also punctures their pretensions of “speaking truth to power.” These clowns think they are storming the barricades of ignorance. They are right that the barricades are being stormed – but do not see that they ARE the barricades.)

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      • MMBev says:

        For quite a while now, since reading Charlie’s blog, and the time frame of the Storm, each time a new deviancy makes the “news”, I smile and think that it isn’t going to reach fruition, and give thanks to Our God. It makes our cost well worth it.

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        • CrewDog says:

          Below is the latest “Surrender” and “Sign” ;-( :
          http://www.aim.org/aim-column/republicans-cower-before-big-gay-media/
          From the USA perspective of an Old Guy that has been around a bit, takes an interest in history and International/Domestic News …. and is attempting, feebly, to put together what my Folks, Priests-n-Sisters and People of Faith have bequeathed to me over my 65 years …. Anyway!! … After watching these past 40 years and the last seven in particular, I have no other reasonable explanation besides satan and his pals are “Runnin’ the Show” ;-(
          One of Sherlock Holmes’ quotes: “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”
          GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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          • Kati says:

            I think you are right, CrewDog. THAT is the real conspiracy.

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          • Monica Joseph of the Blessed Sacrament, OCDS says:

            CrewDog,

            My thoughts have been running similar to yours. The bloodbath of aborted infants in the last 40 years alone points to the action of the demonic, the enemy of life.

            I was musing as the 40 year anniversary of Roe approached in 2013 that God seems to allow a “generation’s” time span (40 years) for repentance and/or purification, eg, the 40 years spend wandering in the desert by the Israelites who did not trust after the Exodus and the 40 years before the complete destruction of Jerusalem after the rejection of the Messiah. Forty is of course significant in the Bible, anyway, as our ending of 40 days of Lent attests. I have no insight or supernatural knowledge, and I actually do not usually pay much attention to numbers — too much work with numbers make my eyes glaze over, although I am grateful for those who like to work with them. There has just been this nagging thought I have had for a few years about the 40th anniversary of Roe and its ushering in a full-blown maturity of evil, the likes of which we see now see all around us. Of course, one could date any period of time from the legalization of contraception or any other kind of assault on God’s law, which is why I draw no conclusion or even have any well-developed theory, but I do simply and soberly observe the social landscape and the increasing destruction and ponder and increasingly pray. And, we have Charlie’s counsel to put into effect of TDL.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Crewdog, I’m a mere 64 years old, so I must bow to my elder’s superior wisdom. 🙂

            I agree with you that the wrong folks are runnin’ the show.

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        • Kati says:

          Me too! I’ve been having the same sort of reaction…and I also realize that God is allowing some of this to take place to such an extent that MANY people WILL begin to see the absolute tyranny of a culture that ignores HIM and the goodness of His ways. In His great mercy, He is bringing them, all of us really, to a place of repentance and conversion!

          Speaking of mercy, the Divine Mercy Novena begins tomorrow and Pope Francis has declared a jubilee year of MERCY. Here’s the link for that: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-francis-announces-jubilee-of-mercy/

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  23. Bob says:

    this on Spirit daily a meditation on words from the cross:
    http://catholicexchange.com/christs-words-cross-7-weapons-victory-evil

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  24. marie says:

    Thank you, Janet, for this beautiful meditation.

    Charlie, I have prayed the Prayer of Miraculous Trust for you, asking for the intercession of the Archangels to help and protect you. May you and your family be blessed during this Triduum.

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