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Via Crucis, Felix Anton Scheffler - 1757
Church of Saint Martin - Ischl, Seeon (Diocese of MŁnchen) - Germany

Jesus falls for the second time


V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R/. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 12,1

You are righteous, O Lord,
when I complain to you.
Yet I would plead my case before you.
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
Why do all who are treacherous thrive?

From the Book of Psalms. 37:1-2, 10-11

Fret not because of the wicked,
be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass,
and wither like the green herb.
Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more,
though you look well at his place, he will not be there,
but the meek shall possess the land,
and delight themselves in abundant prosperity



Our arrogance, our violence, our injustices
all press down upon the body of Christ.

They weigh upon him ... and he falls a second time,
to show us the unbearable burden
of our sins.
But what is it that today, in particular,
strikes at Christís holy body?

Surely God is deeply pained
by the attack on the family.
Today we seem to be witnessing
a kind of anti-Genesis,
a counter-plan, a diabolical pride
aimed at eliminating the family.

There is a move to reinvent mankind,
to modify the very grammar of life
as planned and willed by God.[1]

But, to take Godís place, without being God,
is insane arrogance,
a risky and dangerous venture.

May Christís fall open our eyes
to see once more the beautiful face,
the true face, the holy face of the family.
The face of the family
which all of us need.

[1] Gen 1:27; 2:24.



Lord Jesus,
the family is one of Godís dreams
entrusted to humanity;
the family is a spark from Heaven
shared with all mankind:
the family is the cradle where we were born
and are constantly reborn in love.

Lord Jesus, enter our homes
and lead us in the song of life.
Rekindle the lamp of love
and make us feel the beauty
of being bound to one another
in an embrace of life:
a life warmed by Godís own breath,
the breath of the God who is Love.

Lord Jesus,
save the family,
and save life itself!

Lord Jesus,
save my own family,
save our families!



Pater noster, qui es in cślis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cślo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Pro peccatis suś gentis
vidit Iesum in tormentis
et flagellis subditum.


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