The Fifth Station
Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross
Afraid that Jesus would die before the planned Crucifixion, the Roman soldiers forced Simon of Cyrene to carry the Cross.
Sometimes, the help we give is unwilling, we grumble about having to perform an act of charity, especially for family members or for someone whose lifestyle is so different from ours. And yet, when our burdens seem too heavy to bear, we don't hesitate to plead with God to lighten our load!
O God, give me the grace to be charitable to others, even when I don't want to be. Help me to remember Simon, who carried your heavy burden, right to the place of your death.