The "Way of the Cross" is the path that our Lord followed from Pilate's Pretorium up to Calvary. It is made up of fourteen stations, each corresponding to one of the places where our blessed Lord was compelled to stop.
After the Ascension, tradition tells us that the Blessed Virgin and the Apostles would visit those places at which our Lord had stopped. Following their example, the faithful of Palestine, and later those from more distant lands, came to visit these places consecrated by the blood of Christ. The Popes enriched these holy pilgrimages with precious indulgences.
When the Holy Land fell once more into the hands of the Saracens after the crusades, and it became more difficult to visit it, the faithful wished to make up for this by building images of the way of sorrows given the name Stations of the Cross.
The Friars Minor (Franciscans), who were the appointed guardians of the Holy Land, spread this devotion in the West.
The privilege of setting up Stations of the Cross has at all times been reserved to them. St. Leonard of Port Maurice was the most fervent propagator of this devotion to which the Popes attached a great number of indulgences. The same spiritual privileges were later given to crucifixes blessed for this purpose by the Franciscans, Pope St. Pius X granted this office of the Way of the Cross to the Seraphic Order.
If there is any one devotion, besides the recitation of the Rosary, that needs to be restored to the faithful and all the world for that matter, is devotion to our Lord's Passion and Death.
Among the errors of the Modernists who have catapulted the Church into the Great Apostasy is the oft-heard expression "By His death and resurrection."
Jesus Christ did not redeem the world by His "death and resurrection." He redeemed the world through His incarnation, life, and consummated by His death on the Cross. The resurrection was the necessary consequence of His death. It was the reward for obedience to truth and goodness _ obedience even unto death, death upon the Cross.
Every man's guilt is a guilt for sinning against God. It is a guilt based on acts of disobedience to God in whatever accidental manner this disobedience might express itself either externally or internally.
For, it is not alone concerning adultery that our Lord addressed the words: "But I say to you that anyone who so much as looks with lust at a woman has already committed adultery with her in his heart"(Matt.5, 27).
People like "Dr.Laura" _ the pseudo-psychiatrist of the airwaves _ have no problem preaching the convenience of Talmudic divorce.
The Modernist apostates who hold the Church hostage show the Talmudic origin of their heresies and the practices logically flowing from these heresies. The "Judaizing" of the Roman Catholic Church is best reflected in the Protestantizing errors that make the Modernist apostates resemble their former brethren in the faith.
This reminds one of the story of the doctor who replaced another one in a mental institution. A few days after arriving and taking over the post, an inmate of the institution sauntered up to the new doctor and said: "We like you so much more than the other doctor."
Quite flattered, the doctor naturally wanted to know the reason for this evaluation. And simply asked "Oh, why?"
Quipped the inmate: "Because you are so much more like us."
Isaias the prophet said: "All we like sheep have gone astray; everyone hath turned aside into his own way, and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was offered because it was His own will, and He opened not His mouth. He shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter and shall be dumb as a lamb before his shearer, and He shall not open His mouth. He was taken away from distress, and from judgment. Who shall declare his generation? Because he is cut off out of the land of the living: for the wickedness of my people have I struck him. And he shall give the ungodly for his burial, and the rich for his death, because he hath done no iniquity, neither was there deceit in his mouth.
And the Lord was pleased to bruise him in infirmity. If he shall lay down his life for sin, he shall see a long-lived seed, and the will of the Lord shall be prosperous in his hand. Because his soul hath labored, he shall see and be filled. By his knowledge shall this my just servant justify many, and he shall divide the spoils of the strong because he hath delivered his soul unto death, and was reputed with the wicked. And he hath borne the sins of many, and hath prayed for the transgressors." (Isaias 53, 6-12).
The Gradual for the Mass quotes from St.Paul: "Jesus, that He might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Let us go forth therefore to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach." (Hebrews 13, 12-13).
There are no "special people" or "chosen people" except those who follow Jesus Christ in His suffering and obedience to the heavenly Father _ an obedience that is chosen over compliance with a world steeped in the service of Satan. We all continue in the service of Satan until we choose to do the will of our heavenly Father.
One of the most sure ways of knowing that we are doing the will of our heavenly Father is by our devotion to the Way of the Cross and our willingness to follow Jesus by reflecting His example.
The heretical high priests, the Scribes and the Pharisees and their present successors are guilty of the death of Jesus Christ. The Polish "Jew", Karl Wojtyla alias "John Paul II" is in serious error when he promotes the idea that the "Jews" were not guilty of the death of Jesus Christ. Being a race whose ideology believes in collective guilt, it is their own religion that condemns them. We, on the other hand, do not believe in collective guilt, and therefore we must refuse personal guilt for the sins of others.
This entire concept of "collective guilt" leads to the most monstrous conclusions. Jesus Christ alone died for all men that each individual may be saved by embracing His doctrines and His Church.
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