I have prayed the Stations of the Cross for the past few years. About five or so years ago, I wrote out my own reflections based on John Paul II’s Way of the Cross. After each station, is my own meditation on it. I hope that perhaps you, too, will find comfort in the stations and that as each of you carry your cross each day, especially during Holy Week, you remember Jesus.
FIRST STATION: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
Dear Jesus, although I may feel alone, just as you did in the garden, help me to remember that you know what it feels like. I am never truly alone if you are with me. Even if friends disappoint me, you are there beside me.
SECOND STATION: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested
Dear Jesus, when friends betray me, help me to remain strong in my faith. Though I may feel weak, confused and hurt, help me to move forward. Help me to forgive those that betray me. Although I may never forget their hurts, let me forgive, for love of you.
THIRD STATION: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin
Dear Jesus, if people question me on my faith, help me to remain strong before their questions.
FOURTH STATION: Jesus is Denied by Peter
Dear Jesus, even my friends may leave me in my times of darkness and depression. They may turn away and not know how to deal with me. Please help me to remember that even so, they love me. Please help me to remember when they were there for me when I feel as if I have been abandoned.
FIFTH STATION: Jesus is Judged by Pilate
Dear Jesus, when people judge me because of my past, or my depression, help me to remain strong. Let me amaze them by being true to my faith and my new path, just like you amazed Pilate with your strength.
SIXTH STATION: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned With Thorns
Dear Jesus, when I feel as if my pain is too much to bear, remind me that you were once crowned with thorns. Let me count each thorn in my soul as a blessing from you.
SEVENTH STATION: Jesus Bears the Cross
Dear Jesus, help me to carry my cross just as you carried the cross for me. Help me to see that even though I am suffering, you wouldn’t give me more than I could bear.
EIGHTH STATION: Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross
Dear Jesus, please help me to recognize when someone comes into my life to help me to carry my burdens, just like Simon helped you with the cross. Please let me never take them for granted.
NINTH STATION: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Dear Jesus, please help me so that I don’t make people pity me or cry for my troubles. You tried to comfort the women of Jerusalem even though you were alone and in so much pain. Please help me so I never wallow in self-pity.
TENTH STATION: Jesus is Crucified
Dear Jesus, when people trespass against me, help me to remember the words of your prayer so that I can forgive them just as you forgave those who crucified you.
ELEVENTH STATION: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief
Dear Jesus, allow me to be like the good thief. When I do wrong, let me admit to it and ask for your forgiveness. May I never take your mercy for granted.
TWELFTH STATION: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple
Dear Jesus, please help me to talk to others when I am down. Even though it may be hard to talk to them, help me to see who my true friends are, and allow me to lean on them for support.
THIRTEENTH STATION: Jesus Dies on the Cross
Dear Jesus, when I feel like my whole world is darkness, please help me to remember that you died for me. Even though I am not worthy of you, and am a sinner, help me to remember that you still love me, and loved me so much that you were willing to die for my sins.
FOURTEENTH STATION: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb
Dear Jesus, please pray for me, and allow me to see that I am never alone.