The Ninth Station

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The Ninth Station: Jesus Falls the Third Time

We adore you, O Christ and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross, you have saved the world.

By now, Jesus is absolutely exhausted.  He has come to the hill where he will be crucified and, as he carries the cross up the hill, he falls the third time. I’m sure he feels that he can’t go on anymore.

Jesus, I can hardly bear to watch you struggle.  You fall a third time.  And then, without hesitation, without assistance, without any prodding, you rise.  You get up again.  What is the destiny and the destination that calls your forward? What vision keeps you going?

Dear Jesus, give me courage and strength to go on when I am not doing well.  The drive to go forward despite adversity.  To make it on my own with energy and vitality.

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