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A Daily Photo Journal

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Walking the Stations of the Cross Today

“Like Jesus, many people today are being persecuted
and killed for defending the rights of the lowly
and the just claims of the poor.”
— Leonardo Boff, O.F.M.

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Photographs can powerfully pull us into someone else’s experience.
As you use this Photo Journal to reflect during Lent, think about the
sorrow, pain, and redemption of Jesus’ Last Day.

Journey with Him as you walk through the Fifteen Stations of the
Cross. Think about the ongoing suffering of those around us. Resolve
to help others bear their cross. How do you see Jesus in the faces of
the poor, the refugees, the migrants, and the homeless? Do you wipe
their faces with compassion and seek to lift them up?

Begin by reflecting on the following verse:
“The Way of the Cross,the painful journey
of the Son of God and his brothers and sisters
through the torments of this world, does have a real meaning.
We are destined and called to live life to the full:
joyous in our hope, confident in our love,
and reconciled to the world,
our fellow human beings, and God.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

(Quotes taken from Way of the Cross—Way of Justice by Leonardo Boff)

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FIRST STATION
Jesus is condemned to death
“The sinfulness of the world, which killed the Son of God,
continues to kill the children of God.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Jesus continues to be condemned to death. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How
are they relevant in today’s world? What does Sister Helen Prejean mean when she
says,“You are worth more than your worst mistake.” What do you know about the
death penalty discussion in your state?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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SECOND STATION
Jesus is given His cross
“This cross, imposed on people already crucified by the dehumanized life
they are forced to live, is a crime that will not escape the judgment of God.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Jesus continues to carry his cross. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How are they
relevant in today’s world? How are people carrying their crosses in today’s world?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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THIRD STATION
Jesus falls the first time
“Human beings will never resign themselves to staying flat on the ground....
Like Jesus, they will always get up again, pick up their crosses,
and keep searching for a promised land of total liberation for all those
who are helping to free themselves and their fellow human beings.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Jesus is still falling. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How are they relevant in
today’s world? Has your cross changed in the last year? How?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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FOURTH STATION
Jesus meets his afflicted mother
“Mary continues to feel compassion for her children. She accompanies their sufferings.
She offers them strength and encouragement with her look
of understanding, support, approval, even as she did for Jesus.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Jesus continues to meet his mother. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How are
they relevant in today’s world? How does Mary accompany you? How do you
accompany others?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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FIFTH STATION
Simon the Cyrenean helps Jesus to carry his cross
“Like Simon the Cyrenean, there will always be individuals and entire classes
who will help to carry the cross of Jesus as he suffers...”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Simon the Cyrenean continues to offer help. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words.
How are they relevant in today’s world? Who are the cross carriers in today’s world?
What do you admire most about them? How do you help others bear their cross?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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SIXTH STATION
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
“When we wipe the face of our fellow human beings who are suffering life
as a painful passion, we are wiping the face of Jesus.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Veronica is still wiping Jesus’ face. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How are
they relevant in today’s world? Who in today’s world are the face wipers? What
Gospel values do they model?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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SEVENTH STATION
Jesus falls the second time
“Many people have been so crushed by life, so beaten down by cruel injustices,
that they can no longer believe in hope. It is on the ground that Jesus meets them.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Jesus keeps falling again and again. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How are they
relevant in today’s world? Think of someone who has been crushed by life. How can you
meet them on the ground, as Jesus does? How can you lift them up?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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EIGHTH STATION
Jesus speaks to the women in Jerusalem
“The weeping of the daughters of Jersualem was heard by the heart of God.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Women are still weeping today. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How are they rel-
evant in today’s world? Who are the weeping women of our day? How do we draw
strength from their witness? How do we respond when we hear their despair in
our hearts?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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NINTH STATION
Jesus falls the third time
“ With this third fall, Jesus feels more defeated than ever.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Jesus will keep falling and falling until ... Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How are
they relevant in today’s world? When you think of Jesus falling a third time, who comes
to mind? How do we as a society provide hope to those who fall into despair?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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TENTH STATION
Jesus is stripped of his garments
“Nothing makes people suffer more than outrages
committed against their moral dignity.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Jesus is still being stripped of his dignity. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How are
they relevant in today’s world? Think of some examples of specific policies, abuses, or
atrocities in today’s world that strip individuals of their dignity. How might you speak up?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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ELEVENTH STATION
Jesus is nailed to the cross
“...Jesus continues to be crucified in all those who are crucified in history.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Jesus continues to be nailed to the cross. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How are
they relevant in today’s world? Who are the crucified today? Who are the crucifiers?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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TWELFTH STATION
Jesus dies on the cross
“Thousands of people die every year, victims of the hatred that they sought to overcome.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Jesus is still dying on the cross. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How are they
relevant in today’s world? Name a situation today that is a crucifixion.

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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THIRTEENTH STATION
Jesus is taken down from the cross
“...Mary takes the broken body of her son in her arms...
While Mary caresses his body and weeps, she may well have spoken
such words as these: ‘My son, my son, what have they done to you?’”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Mary continues to weep over her children. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How
are they relevant in today’s world? What mothers are weeping in today’s world? How
might you comfort the mothers and confront the crucifiers?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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FOURTEENTH STATION
Jesus is placed in the tomb
“Jesus buried inside a rock symbolizes and makes concrete the new situation of the world.
Thanks to his redemptive work, the world is now the tabernacle of God.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

Jesus is still being buried. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How are they relevant in
today’s world? What organizations or sites are the tabernacle of God today? How can we
transform spaces to become the tabernacle of God?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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FIFTEENTH STATION
Jesus is raised up in all its fullness
“The Risen Lord continues to live within history.
He is ineffably present in the world, in each person and in social processes.”
—Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., Brazilian theologian and writer

The resurrection is taking place today. Reflect on Leonardo Boff ’s words. How are
they relevant in today’s world? How is resurrection taking place in your life, in your
community, and in the world?

. . . My Follow-up Action . . .

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