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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lenten Reflections- The Stations of the Cross: the 6th Station

The Sixth Station
Veronica wipes the Face of Jesus

Imagine that you are Veronica, seeing Jesus stumbling along the Via Dolorosa, face bloodied and bruised, and moved to the depths of your soul with sadness at His condition you take your veil and tenderly wipe His Holy Face. This act of compassion leaves an indelible print of His Face upon the cloth.
Now consider the poor and downtrodden, the people who are scorned by the affluent; the dregs of society. Are you moved to compassion for them? Or just stand back and spectate their journey through life? Jesus was condemned by the society of His day, scorned, flogged, brutalized and sentenced to death. Can we see Jesus in the face of others? It's hard, isn't it? But every time we lend a helping hand to them, or do an act of compassion or mercy to them, Jesus leaves His imprint upon our soul, the fabric of our being. And the more compassionate we are, the more we are filled with His Holy Presence. It becomes easier to be kind when you practice kindness; every act of mercy leads to another, and another. One other point- it's hands on. Not just hollow words of intention, but acts.
Let us pray that we will be able to see the Holy Face in even the poorest of people, and treat them with the compassion of St. Veronica.

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