"your cross alone is the key…"

A profound and beautiful prayer, one packed with meaning: part of the Via Crucis led by our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI:

The meditations of this year’s Way of the Cross were entrusted to Sister Maria Rita Piccione, O.S.A., President of the Our Lady of Good Counsel Federation of Augustinian Contemplatives in Italy. Sister Mary Rita is a member of the Augustian hermitage of Lecceto, near Siena (Italy,) one of the Tuscan convents of the thirteenth century and a cradle of the Order of Saint Augustine.

The full opening prayer said by Pope Benedict follows.

Lord Jesus,
you invite us to follow you
in this, your final hour.
In you, each one of us is present
and we, though many, are one in you.
In your final hour is our life’s hour of testing,
in all its harshness and brutality;
it is the hour of the passion of your Church
and of all humanity.
It is the hour of darkness:
when “the foundations of the earth tremble”
and man, “a tiny part of your creation”,
groans and suffers with it;
an hour when the various masks of falsehood
mock the truth
and the allure of success stifles the deep call to honesty;
when utter lack of meaning and values
brings good training to nought
and the disordered heart disfigures the innocence
of the small and weak;
an hour when man strays from the way leading to the Father
and no longer recognizes in you
the bright face of his own humanity.
This hour brings the temptation to flee,
the sense of bewilderment and anguish,
as the worm of doubt eats away at the mind
and the curtain of darkness falls on the heart.
And you, Lord,
who read the open book of our frail hearts,
ask us this evening,
as once you asked the Twelve:
“Do you also wish to leave me?”
No, Lord, we cannot and would not leave you,
for you alone “have the words of eternal life”,
you alone are “the word of truth”
and your cross alone
is the “key that opens to us the secrets
of truth and life”.
“We will follow you wherever you go!”
Following you is itself our act of worship,
as from the horizon of the not yet
a ray of joy
caresses the already of our journey.

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Dynan

    The Father is my Higher Power but Jesus is my sponsor and

    I ask Him for help daily and He speaks to me thru the

    Fellowship at meetings. Jesus is all MATTER, the Holy Spirit

    is all ENERGY and God, the Father has all the INFORMATION.

    “Of myself, I am nothing, the Father doeth the works”

    Albert Einstein, the Jewish Messiah, demonstrated that all

    there is, is INFORMATION, MATTER and ENERGY.

  • http://victor-undergo.blogspot.com/ Victor

    >>“Do you also wish to leave me?”<<

    NOW! Who in there right mind would ever really want to leave YOU, My LORD and My GOD?

    My wife tells me in so many words that I'm not well enough to go to church again so I'm going to try working on the post which I started drafting at the beginning of Lent and God knows, "IT" might not be my last but I'm going to try writing "IT" as thow "IT" was.

    I hear ya! Lucky, Lucky, Lucky you, Victor! Jesus never had all the help at your hand to spread HIS WORDS.

    So so true but I'm not a god "AM I" NOW?

    Give "IT" UP sinner vic! :)

    God Bless Peace

  • http://catechesisinthethirdmillennium.wordpress.com William O’Leary

    This is beautiful. I really liked the last few lines:
    “We will follow you wherever you go!”
    Following you is itself our act of worship,
    as from the horizon of the not yet
    a ray of joy caresses the already of our journey.

  • http://psalm46-11.blogspot.com Michael Hallman

    I used her meditations at our Way of the Cross on Good Friday. They were so beautiful. She made the Augustinian family proud :)

  • Steve

    THANK YOU for posting this!

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