THE FIFTH STATION
SIMON HELPS CARRY THE CROSS
† We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
I am on My way to Calvary.
Those wicked men, fearing to see Me die before reaching the end, look for someone to help Me carry the Cross, and from the vicinity they seized a man called Simon.
This man helps with carrying part of the Cross.
But the burden of My Cross is still very difficult to bear.
There are souls that walk this way behind Me.
They accept to help Me carry My Cross but they still worry about comfort and rest.
Many others agree to follow Me and, with this in mind, they have embraced the perfect life.
But they do not abandon their self- interests, which is still their priority.
That is why they falter and drop My Cross when it feels too heavy for them.
They look to suffer in the least possible way.
They measure their self-denial, evading humiliation and fatigue as much as possible.
They remember, pperhaps with sorrow, those whom they left behind.
They try to obtain for themselves certain comforts and pleasures.
† Jesus, most obedient, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on us.