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How can the Stations of the Cross relate to our day to day lives? Sometimes they seem so far removed. Pope Francis has shared 8 reasons to pray the Stations of the Cross. 

  1. They Allow Us to Place Our Trust in Him
  2. They Put Us into the Story
  3. They Remind Us That Jesus Suffers with Us
  4. They Compel Us to Action
  5. They Helps Us Make a Decision for or Against Christ
  6. They Reveal God’s Response to Evil in the World
  7. They Give Us the Certainty of God’s Love for Us
  8. They Guide Us from the Cross to the Resurrection

At Holy Redeemer, we walk the Way of the Cross through our neighborhood each Good Friday. Below are the video stations from our Neighborhood Stations of the Cross. 

Introduction

First Station Jesus is Condemned to Death

Second Station Jesus Takes up His Cross

Third Station Jesus falls the first time

Fourth Station Jesus is met by his Blessed Mother

Fifth Station Simon of Cyrene help Jesus to carry the Cross

Sixth Station The face of Jesus is wiped by Veronica

Seventh Station Jesus falls a second time

Eighth Station Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem

Ninth Station Jesus falls the third time

Tenth Station Jesus is stripped of his garments

Eleventh Station Jesus is nailed to the Cross

Twelfth Station Jesus dies on the Cross

Thirteenth Station Jesus is laid in the arms of his Blessed Mother

Fourteenth Station Jesus is laid in the tomb

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“Agape is disinterested love.  It is a love in which the individual seeks not his/her own good but the good of neighbor (1 Cor. 10:24).  Agape does not begin by discriminating between worthy and unworthy people or any qualities people possess.  It begins by loving others for their sakes.  It is an entirely ‘neighbor-regarding concern for others,’ which discovers the neighbor as every man and woman it meets.  Therefore, agape makes no distinction between friend and enemy; it is directed toward both.  If one loves an individual merely on account of his/her friendliness, the former loves the other for the sake of the benefits to be gained from the friendship, rather than for the friend’s own sake.  Consequently, the best way to assure oneself that LOVE is disinterested is to have love for the ‘enemy-neighbor’ from whom you can expect no good in return but only hostility and persecution.

. . . Agape is not a weak, passive love.  It is love in action.  Agape is love seeking to preserve and create community.  It is insistence on community even when one seeks to break it.  Agape is a willingness to go to any length to restore community.  Agape is a willingness to sacrifice in the interest of mutuality.  It doesn’t stop at the first mile, but it goes the second mile to restore community.  It is a willingness to forgive, not seven times, but seventy times seven to restore community.  The cross is the eternal expression of the length to which God will go in order to restore broken community.  The resurrection is a symbol of God’s triumph over all the forces that seek to block community.  The Holy Spirit is the continuing community creating reality that moves through history.  The person who works against community is working against the whole of creation.  Therefore, if I respond to hate with reciprocal hate, I do nothing but intensify the cleavage in broken community.  I can only close the gap in broken community by meeting hate with love.  Love, agape, is the only cement that can hold this broken community together.

If I meet hate with hate, I become de-personalized, because creation is so designed that my personality can only be fulfilled in the context of community.  Booker T. Washington was right: ‘Let no person pull you so low as to make you hate him/her.’  When one pulls you that low he/she brings you to the point of working against community; the person drags you to the point of defying creation and, thereby, becoming de-personalized.”

                                                                                    Excerpt: - “Pilgrimage to Nonviolence,”

                                                                                                Martin Luther King, Jr. - -

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