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Stations of the Cross 14 with Joan Chittister, OSB

Jesus is laid in the tomb The fourteenth station of the cross brings us to grapple with the grace of closure. Some phases of life end and cannot be retrieved. They go by before we’re ready to see them go. … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross 13 with Joan Chittister, OSB

Jesus is taken down from the cross The thirteenth station of the cross with its specter of irrevocable loss, its futile efforts, its wasted dreams, drains the human soul to the point of numbness. Can anything worse be imagined than … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross 12 with Joan Chittister, OSB

Jesus dies on the cross The twelfth station of the cross brings us face-to-face with the finality of defeat. Sometimes things don’t have a happy ending in life. Sometimes we fail. Sometimes we’re beaten. Sometimes we’re lost. Sometimes we’re humiliated. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross 11 with Joan Chittister, OSB

Jesus is nailed to the cross The eleventh station of the cross brings us all to face the moments when we know we must do what we do not want to do. When what we know to be right exacts more … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross 10 with Joan Chittister, OSB

Jesus is stripped of his garments The tenth station of the cross confronts us with the inevitable in every life: Somewhere along the way, we each get stripped of what we have spent our lives acquiring, of things closest to … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross 09 with Joan Chittister, OSB

Jesus falls the third time The ninth station of the cross demands that we persevere in doing good, in being what we must be, in holding our course even when the pressures around us mount to break our spirits. Just … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross 08 with Joan Chittister, OSB

Jesus meets the weeping women of Jerusalem The eighth station of the cross compels us to consider the long-range implications of our actions. It is the counterpoint of the sixth. The sixth station reminds us that mercy must prevail. The … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross 07 with Joan Chittister, OSB

Jesus falls the second time The seventh station of the cross reminds us that obstacles are a regular, a normal, even a necessary part of life. It is the obstacles we meet along the way, the problems we overcome, the setbacks … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross 06 with Joan Chittister, OSB

Veronica wipes the face of Jesus The sixth station of the cross calls us to realize that compassion is the counterpart of justice. To fail to practice mercy in the presence of injustice is to neglect half the face of God. … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross 05 with Joan Chittister, OSB

Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross The fifth station of the cross demonstrates for us the power of presence in the life of the poor and oppressed. Being where suffering is, associating ourselves with it, standing with those … Continue reading

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