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Stations of the Cross
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John the Caregiver
P.O. Box 320,
Terrace, WA 98043.
The Stations of the Cross for Caregivers
1. Jesus is condemned to death
itís so hard on my loved one and on me when a medical report brings
bad news. Please give us the courage to make this journey Ė wherever
it may lead Ė one step at a time, always with you. Amen.
2. Jesus takes up his cross
Heavenly Father, there are times when I just donít want to
believe what has happened and what is happening. Please help me, and
my precious loved one, accept the realities that face us. Amen.
3. Jesus falls the first time
Holy Spirit, give us strength when an emergency arises. When
we need to rush to the doctor or hospital. When we need to call the
medics. When the lights are flashing and the siren wails. Amen.
4. Jesus meets Mary, his Mother
At times, my heart is breaking, Lord. Itís so hard to watch
someone I love suffer so much. So hard to realize what I can do is
limited. Help me accept the fact that I canít do everything. Amen.
5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross
Lord, thank you for choosing me to be a caregiver for my
loved one. Help me ask for help when I need it and accept it when
itís offered. Help me to find whatís best for him (her) and to
recognize it when you show it to me. Amen.
6. Veronica wipes Jesusí face with a veil
Heavenly Father, thank you for the healthcare professionals
and others who use their knowledge, skills and compassion to help my
loved one. May they someday know how much that has helped me, too.
7. Jesus falls the second time
Dear Lord, itís so hard when I seem to have everything set
up and then thereís a setback. Give me patience and perseverance.
Give me the wisdom to recognize that as this journey continues the
needs will change. Amen.
8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
Jesus, richly bless those who have stepped forward to give
my loved one a laugh, to offer me a little break, to let us know
they are thinking of us and keeping us in their prayers. Amen.
9. Jesus falls the third time
Lord, you know Iíve begged you to heal my loved one. To give us
more time. If thatís not to be, then as that body grows weaker, as
that minds slips further away, let his (her) soul grow stronger as
it prepares to see you face to face. Amen.
10. Jesus is stripped of his clothes
Holy Spirit, you continue to show me that possessions,
position and power have no meaning, no worth, at some points in our
lives. At this point in my loved oneís life give him (her) what is
truly valuable: your gifts, your peace. Amen.
11. Jesus is nailed to the cross
Lord, you know I would gladly take on some of my loved oneís
pain, anxiety and fear. Help me realize part of the sacrifice youíre
asking me to make is accepting the fact I canít do that. Amen.
12 Jesus dies on the cross
Dear Jesus, one of the last things you did before you died
on the cross was ask St. John to take care of your Blessed Mother
and for her to accept that care. You ask the same of me and my loved
one. Help us accept, and be faithful in,
our vocations of caregiver and care-receiver. Amen.
13. Jesusí body is removed from the cross
Dear Lord, I pray for former caregivers mourning the loss of
their loved ones. For widows and widowers, for siblings, for
children, for parents, for family members and friends. Help them
know how much good they did. How much, by serving their loved one,
they were serving you. Amen.
14. Jesus is buried
Dear Lord, sometimes it feels as if Iíve been buried under
the many demands of caregiving. Labored and burdened, I come to you
asking for rest. Help me remember one day my caregiving duties will
end, a time I look forward to and a time I dread. Amen.
[In recent times, a 15th station is sometimes added.
It is the first of the ďStations of Light.Ē]
15. Jesus rises from the dead
Dear Jesus, first to rise from the dead, continue to lead us
to eternal life where you will wipe every tear from our eyes, and
there will be no more death or mourning, no more crying or pain.
Where my loved one and I will live forever in eternal joy and peace
with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.