Friday, March 8, 2013

The Holy Face in the Way of the Cross III-Jesus Falls Under the Weight of the Cross

(The third in a series of posts praying the Stations of the Cross...begin here and then follow along each day.)

Moral failure, moral weakness, was not possible to Jesus, the All-Holy Son of God; but He knew how often in us moral and physical infirmities are allied; how often, as a result of original sin, man's corporeal being drags upon his spirit.  Therefore, Jesus willed to accept as much of our weakness as was compatible with the perfection of moral integrity.  He willed to suffer fatigue even to the exhaustion of His body and then by lifting Himself by His Divine Power, He taught us how in our weakness we might rise by His Strength and go forward to ultimate victory, salvation and sanctification.

Jesus, You have known the agony of exhaustion; how close that brings You to me!  Never am I more aware of the completeness of Your love than when I behold You crushed and exhausted beneath the weight of the Cross.

Sorrowful Mother, you were not permitted to help Jesus, but I am also your child; he permits you-as your love ever wills-to help me.

(From The Holy Face in the Way of the Cross with etchings by Hippolyte Lazerges and reflections by  Father Page, C.S.C. aka Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald, sP, the founder of the Handmaids of the Precious Blood, published by the St. Columban's Fathers Foreign Mission Society)

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