Scriptural Stations of the Cross: A Way of the Cross by Kathryn Mulderink, published by Lulu, 2008.
Kathryn Mulderink, Catholic homeschooling mom of seven and Lay Carmelite, has done it again! The author of The Way of the Cross for Children and Walk New: A Way of the Cross for Teens has now also written a beautiful new collection of meditations and prayers for adults.
Kathryn Mulderink’s Scriptural Stations of the Cross are based on those celebrated by Pope John II on Good Friday, 1991 and 1994. As an alternative to the traditional Stations of the Cross, these stations provide a way of meditating more deeply on the scriptural accounts of Christ’s Passion. Beginning with the Agony of Jesus in Gethsemane and omitting some of the traditional non-scriptural stations in favor of incidents mentioned in the gospels, these Stations of the Cross focus on the following events:
· Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
· Jesus betrayed by Judas is arrested.
· Jesus condemned by the Sanhedrin.
· Jesus is denied by Peter.
· Jesus is judged by Pilate.
· Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns.
· Jesus bears the cross.
· Jesus is helped by Simon the Cyrene to carry his cross.
· Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.
· Jesus is crucified.
· Jesus promises his kingdom to the good thief.
· Jesus speaks to his Mother and the disciple.
· Jesus dies on the cross.
· Jesus is placed in the tomb
Beginning with a passage on The Saving Blood of Christ from Pope John Paul II, we are introduced to the spiritual themes that we will focus on as we take this walk to Calvary, meditating on each event of Christ’s Passion, applying it to our own lives. Some of these include: self-giving love, Christian hope, surrendering ourselves to God’s will, offering our lives as a sacrifice to Him, recognizing every human life as valuable, and accepting His mercy as a gift.
Each of the meditations consists of three parts: a brief scripture passage which describes the event, a prayer which expresses a deeper reflection of that event, and a prayer asking God to mold us into His image.
Kathryn’s meditations are unique from others that I have read in that they are very poetic, poignant, and delve more deeply into the events of Christ’s Passion and the impact they have on each of us.
These meditations are presented in a clear, easy to understand language and are designed for both individual and group use.
I highly recommend Scriptural Stations of the Cross: A Way of the Cross by Kathryn Mulderink as well as The Way of the Cross for Children and Walk New: A Way of the Cross for Teens which are reviewed here.
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