Following the example of humility that Fr. Bob showed, let us ponder the Stations of the Cross, that through the mercy of Jesus, we will grow into a deeper relationship with our Lord and Father. I pray that the Blessed Virgin Mary walk with each of us as we journey through this booklet. May the Holy Spirit inspire us to draw into the love he bore for us on the Cross.

Station One - The Condemnation

“For us, the process of getting integrated
into the kingdom of God involves, among
other things, getting away from sin. That
means repentance.”
–Fr. Bob Bedard, CC

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Lord Jesus, how did you hold back yourtongue from all the accusations that were falsely being made against you?Where did you get your peace?

Response: Forgive me Lord, for the times I con-demn you, especially when I do not honour your presence in others and in myself. Forgive me for the times I judge my brothers and sisters harshly.

Leader: Jesus by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each of us, help us to look for and find the good in others and in ourselves. Help us to forgive those who have rejected and condemned us, just as we need others to forgive us. Lead us along the path of acceptance. Help us to respect the uniqueness of each person, for we are all created in God’s image and likeness.

Teach us mercy, Lord.

Station Two - The Cross

“God is not satisfied with partial commitment. He is not satisfied with minimal standards. He wants us to give him full permission… to come into our lives and change our direction, our priorities, our plans, our attitudes, our hearts, minds and souls.”
– Fr. Bob Bedard, CC Founder

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you did not ask for your Cross, yet you picked it up. Where did you get your strength? Your heart must have been so heavy with sadness, your body so sore from being beaten, your spirit so burdened as you experienced this violence being done to you.

Response: Forgive me Lord for the times I do not pick up my cross. To be honest, Lord, I am often afraid of taking up my cross, I’m not sure what it means and how much it will hurt me. I’m afraid togive you full permission.

Leader: Jesus, by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each one of us, help us to trust in your promise to be with us always as we take up our crosses. Remind us of how near you are to help us cope with the pain and disappointments we each face.

Teach us mercy, Lord.

Station Three - The First Fall

“The goal of the disciple of Jesus is to be conformed fully to the Father’s will.”
–Fr. Bob Bedard, CC Founder

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Lord Jesus, falling seems so weak and so embarrassing, so humiliating. We are taught to stand tall and act strong or risk being laughed at.

Response: Forgive me for the times I do not eventry to walk under the weight of my cross. Please know that I really do want to do the right thing. At times, I want to forgive, only to find that I can’t seem to let go of a grudge. At times, I want to speak kindly, only to say hurtful things to someone who just wants the same respect that I want. I want to conform fully to the Father’s will, and yet Lord I fall so often.

Leader: Jesus by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each of us, help us to get up when we fall and fail in life.

Teach us mercy, Lord.

Station Four - The Meeting

“Mary to me, is in a special class. She is that extra something that God gives to people to whom he has already given everything. We have only to accept the gift.”
–Fr. Bob Bedard, CC Founder

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Lord what was it like to see the pain inyour Mother’s eyes? Did your tears mingle with her tears in a quick embrace? Did she whisper “I love you?”

Response: Forgive me Lord for the times I look into your eyes and turn away. Forgive me for acting as if I do not need your help. Help me to include you in my struggles and strengthen me to love you and everyone you put into my heart.

Leader: Jesus, by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each one of us, teach us how to say “I’m sorry,” and “I love you.”

Teach us mercy, Lord.

Station Five - The Cyrenean

“God is fed up with being a spectator in our lives, he wants to be a participant.”
–Fr. Bob Bedard, CC

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you showed us how humanyou were by needing Simon’s help. Your Cross was too heavy, just as at times our crosses are too heavy for us to carry alone.

Response: Forgive me, Lord, for failing to help someone when I have the chance to do so. Forgive me for my reluctant attitude when I am asked to help but don’t want to give up any of my time. You taught us that when we help others friend or enemy, parent or peer, we are helping you.

Leader: Jesus, by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each one of us, give us the courage to help those in need and to follow Simon’s example. Help us not to be a spectator but a participant in other people’s lives.

Teach us mercy, Lord.

Station Six - Veronica

“Being a disciple of Christ in the full sense of the word, in the sense that he himself intends, means giving over to him my whole life. Including my mind.”
–Fr. Bob Bedard, CC

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Lord Jesus, the mixture of blood and sweat trickling down your face and stinging your eyes made your painful journey more difficult. As Veronica wiped your face, perhaps her gentleness in the midst of such brutality reinforced what you already knew and believed: people have much goodness in them, and want to do good, but too often fear and selfishness lead them astray.

Response: Forgive me, Lord, for the times I fail to act out of my God given goodness. When I take the lesser paths of hate and hurt, I am not following Veronica’s example. Forgive me for not loving others with gentleness and care.

Leader: Jesus, by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each of us, help us to act with kindness and compassion. Help us to be kind to ourselves and to others. Help us to give over our whole life, heart, mind and soul as we meet you in others.

Teach us mercy, Lord.

Station Seven - The Second Fall

“The Lord wants us to face the reality of sin in our lives, not so much that we will be defeated by it, but so that he can help us to experience victory over it.”
–Fr. Bob Bedard, CC Founder

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you fell a second time because you had been tortured and your body was weak. In that moment you felt deep sadness for all those who needed your Father’s unconditional love. You wanted us to know how near God’s love and acceptance is to us as we stumble and fall.

Response: Forgive me, Lord, for sometimes refusing to believe in the tremendous love you havefor me. When I walk away from your love forgive me for thinking I have everything I need without you. When you fell, the strength you received from your Father gave you the courage to get up and keep going.

Leader: Jesus by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each of us, give us the courage to keep on going. Help us to learn from the pain of ourmistakes and failings as we reach out and take your hand. May we know in the depths of our hearts how much we are loved by you just as we are – in our best moments and in our worst.

Teach us mercy, Lord.

Station Eight - The Holy Women

“Let God be God,” I would tell them “He is good at it. God is very good at being God. Let’s let him do what he wants.”
–Fr. Bob Bedard, CC Founder

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Like the women you met, I sometimes feel devastated by the evil in this world. The amount of suffering is overwhelming. But though I can’t help everyone, I can help someone.

Response: Forgive me for the many times I think only of myself. Forgive me for giving into society’s negative ways and prejudices even when I know itis wrong to do so. Help me to see that this is a life journey that we are on.

Leader: Jesus, by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each of us, help us to turn our feelings of grief and pity into acts of love. You said to us, “Love one another as I have loved you.” We know that the kind act we do for one of our brothers and sisters is also done to you. Give us the strength to make a difference, one person at a time.

Teach us mercy, Lord.

Station Nine - The Third Fall

“Ongoing repentance will move us right to the centre of God’s kingdom. It will move us from goodness to holiness.”
–Fr. Bob Bedard, CC

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Lord Jesus, what is going on in your heart and mind as you got closer to the horror to come? It was a cruel method of torture that the Romans used to terrorize and control people. Does the horror, cruelty, and suffering caused by our sins in our world today still cause you grief?

Response: Forgive me, 0 Lord, for the times I am cruel. It’s so easy to make a hurtful comment that crushes someone heart. Sadly, I see that when I am at my worst, I am not much different than your Roman torturers. But I know that you encourage me to forgive myself, apologize, to ask forgiveness of those I hurt, then try again. I ask forgiveness too, Lord, for those who terrorize people and inflict violence on them. Open their eyes to see you in the faces of their victims. Change their hearts.

Leader: Jesus, by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each of us, thank you for loving us even when we are at our worst. Call forth the best in us we pray.

Teach us mercy, Lord.

Station Ten - The Stripping

“The purpose of fasting is to be in touch with the Bridegroom. When we fast, we are able to be in better communication with the Lord. We do not fast in order to fast. We fast in order to pray.”
–Fr. Bob Bedard, CC Founder

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Lord Jesus, so often I strip you with my attitude, my words, and my lack of love for others. I know that in many areas of my life I also help the Roman guards hammer the nails in your hands and feet. So often I am not ready to loosen the addictions that hold me bound and keep me from you. So often I do not treat my body as a temple ofthe Holy Spirit by the things I do.

Response: Forgive me Lord, for the times I do not treat my body with the love and respect as taught to us through the cross. Forgive me for seeing someone only as a body, rather than a human being with a soul, created in your image.

Leader: Jesus, by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each of us, help us Lord to offer up our fasting and sacrifices to you in order to seek you more fervently as we humble ourselves before you and beg your forgiveness.

Teach us mercy, Lord.

Station Eleven - The Crucifixion

“He was let down severely by those he was counting on, abandoned by most of them when he needed them most. And, finally, he was taken to the Cross, dying in suffering and shame, treated as the worst of criminals.”
–Fr. Bob Bedard, CC Founder

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Lord Jesus, when I think of the physical pain that you suffered as nails were pounded into your hands and feet it is totally beyond my comprehension.

Response: Forgive me, Lord, for the times I participate in the physical pain that you suffered on the Cross for me by insulting others, gossiping, spreading rumours, and acting like they don’t even exist. Forgive me for turning my back on the cross and running away from my struggles and conflicts.

Leader: Jesus by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each of us, help us to choose the cross each and every day especially when we are tempted to hurt or act without mercy. Help us to be loving and responsible to one another.

Teach us mercy, Lord.

Station Twelve - The Death

“The Lord obviously wants us to be very involved with one another, developing a life together such that people will marvel at us, be so impressed by what they see that they will be convicted about who it is we follow. The love we share will draw people to Jesus himself.”
–Fr. Bob Bedard, CC Founder

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Lord Jesus, the Cross reveals the depth of your love and commitment. You showed by your death on the Cross that you will go the distance to be faithful to God’s call.

Response: Forgive me for those times when Iam like the authorities of your day – those who refused to change, who refused to pay the price of love. Forgive me for times I choose my comfortable ways over reaching out to the lost and hungry.

Leader: Jesus, by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each of us, help us to take courage as we die to selfish ways and rise to live selflessly and generously. Free us from counting the cost of love. Teach us to love.

Teach us mercy, Lord.

Station Thirteen - The Descent

“When I was baptised with the Holy Spirit, something happened to work a transformation within. My spirit is laid open to receiving revelation from God. I have an actual meeting with the Risen Lord… I begin to know Jesus is alive.”
–Fr. Bob Bedard, CC Founder

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Lord Jesus, your mother cradled your body in her arms. How completely devastated she must have felt. How often when I feel alone and lost do I turnaway from you and leave… When I think of my own death, fear instead of faith rises in me. When I hear about the horrible things that happen to people all over the world, I question why?

Response: Forgive me Lord for my lack of faith and trust in you. Forgive me for the times I do not let you hold me close to your heart.

Leader: Jesus, by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each of us, help us to turn to you, especially during the most painful and difficult times in our lives. Help us to accept that death is part of life and we need not face it alone. May we cling to your promise to be with us every moment of this life, including the hour of our death. Embrace our loved ones when they die and hold each of us deep in your heart now and forever, as we place our hope in your promise of eternal life.

Teach us mercy, Lord.

Station Fourteen - The Sepulchre

“We can pour out our hearts to the Lord and tell him everything we can think of, but if we want to give him a chance to speak, we will have to fall silent for a while and listen.”
–Fr. Bob Bedard, CC

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,

Response: Because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Leader: Lord Jesus, it must have seemed to your friends and followers that death and evil had won, when your body was laid in the tomb. Today when we bury a loved one, we sometimes feel like death has won, wondering what’s next, what will we do without them now that they are no longer with us?

Response: Forgive me Lord for the times I feel helpless or empty and forget to turn to you and trust in the victory you won for us by dying on the cross. Forgive me Lord for not listening to you when I get lost in my own thoughts, actions and plans.

Leader: Jesus, by the power of your Spirit, who lives within each of us, teach us in our times of grief and sorrow to still our hearts, our mind, and learn to listen and wait for you. Teach us how to trust you in those most difficult times in life.

Teach us mercy, Lord.