Saturday, March 12, 2011

For Catholics during this Lenten season

Catholics can change the wording for Maryland to their own states:

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE

JESUS IS CONDEMNED
Lord, please stand before these legislators as you stood before Pilate.  Give them the grace to see in you the Truth that all men are called to see.  Give them the courage to base their decision on what is right, despite the political pressures they feel.  And give them the protection of your precious shed blood as they follow their calling toward their salvation.
 
JESUS IS GIVEN HIS CROSS
Father, you have allowed all of mankind to feel the weight of its sins.  Have mercy on the people of Maryland who labor under many crosses already.  Jesus, protect the State that bears your mother's name from the problems and grave disorders that bad laws cause.
 
JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME
Jesus, all people fall and fail.  Please help everyone to refrain from judging or degrading  those who believe differently.  But let Your own people speak humbly and truthfully with the power of persuasion that comes from prayer.  And allow that truth to be heard by all.
 
JESUS MEETS HIS MOTHER
Lord, the State of Maryland bears your Mother's name.  It is the beginning of the Catholic Church in the original colonies. Our state was the first to protect religious freedom -"the  free state."  And it gave to America the land on which Washington DC was built.  Look upon us as You looked at your Mother that day, with pity and love.  Protect us as you wanted to protect her.  Help us as she wanted to help You.  And hear her prayers for us as we work, fight and pray for Your triumph in our land.
 
SIMON HELPS JESUS CARRY HIS CROSS
Jesus, send us many Simons.  Press into service for this cause many, many people to pray, to call and write.  To speak and work.  Let the dignity of your people be protected and upheld by the help of good people.  Thank you for those who have done so much already.
 
VERONICA WIPES JESUS' FACE
Lord, the sexuality of all men and women has become so disfigured we no longer recognize the beauty of our own calling.  Let our work and words again reveal the dignity of your creation to everyone in our state.  Impress on our law makers the image of yourself in the laws that can shape our society.  Give them the awareness of Your need for their help and let your encouraging gaze fall upon them.  
 
JESUS FALLS A SECOND TIME
Lord, grant us all the strength to continue in prayer and work.  The many who can lose interest or hope need your fresh inspiration and grace.  Remember by your own passion, how weak we are.  Raise us up daily to continue anew this great defense.  Do not let us give up.  Raise up new and strong voices on our behalf.
 
JESUS TALKS TO THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Creator and lover of the little ones, have mercy on the children of this faithless  generation.  Look at all of the hearts and minds that can be formed more closely to You if they have the chance to live protected by truth. Help all those in power to powerfully protect what is good.  Help the innocent remain pure.  Help families.  Have Mercy on us, for we are all Your children.
 
JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME
Jesus, do not let us fail for lack of effort.  All things are possible through You.  You spent Your last ounce of strength to carry Your cross to its destination.  Give us that strength now, to reach the end of this fight for truth in Your own victory.
 
JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS CLOTHING
Who can bear the sight of such a love?  Who can feel worthy of all You have given to us?  Who is Man that You undergo this for him?  Lord, by the grace of your humiliation and final poverty, let us clothe Your people with the dignity You give us.  Protect Your creation from being anything less than You know it to be.  
 
JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS
Lord even in your pain You forgave us because of our ignorance.  Help those blinded by the sins of this age to find wisdom.   Forgive all of us for the innumerable sins that have nailed You to this cross.  Free us to be wholly free.
 
JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS
Divine lover, savior of the Human Race, have Mercy on us.  With Your last breath, pray for us.  In your agony, remember us. In the dark moment that descends on a world without Jesus, return as the light.  Grant by Your infinite Mercy, that this decision be made in Your light.  
 
JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS
Lord, help all those who are involved in this matter, the grace of simple, honest, prayerful reflection.  Let each of us see our own sins that have so mortally wounded you.  Let every person repent deeply for his part in Your suffering and receive the grace You died to give.  Let our work for marriage bear the marks of redemption for ourselves and our brothers.  Let us love You.
 
JESUS IS LAID IN THE GRAVE
Lord, in the end we will all follow You in this way.  All men will die.  In this moment of sadness which You shared with all men, win for each law maker the realization that this decision matters to You and will be present at their judgment.  Let each decider remember his mortality and his Creator as he considers his decision.
  

Written by Lupe Gwiazdowski

 

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