WAY OF THE CROSS FOR PRIESTS

WAY OF THE CROSS FOR PRIESTS

Contemplation of the Road of the Cross – 1 hour

BEGINNING OF THE ROAD OF THE CROSS

Lord Jesus:  The priestly vocation is the vocation to participate in My mission, My Sacrifice of the Passion and the death on the cross, and in My merits. The anointing received by the priest is a duplication of the anointing I received from the Father. On behalf of My Father, I impart it to those whom I will choose to continue My mission of the salvation of the world. The contemplation of My Passion is a very important part of the priestly life, so the priest might consciously celebrate the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass and be aware of how much each sin costs Me. I want every priest to be a great enemy of sin in all its forms, to recognize it in time, and to fight it with the power flowing from My Passion and Resurrection. The Way of the Cross is an image of these torments, which I suffer because of human sins, among which the most painful for Me are those inflicted to Me by priestly souls, who are the most beloved and privileged by Me.

So consider whether you accept your sin or are you rather fighting it by all means? Do you ask Me to give you the grace of a life without sin, so that I would not be wounded, beaten, nailed to the cross and killed by you? Thus, My son, always recite this Way of the Cross for your sins, asking Me to grant you the grace of holiness.

Station I

LORD JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH

Way of the Cross - Station 1

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord Jesus:  I stand before Pilate, although I am innocent. Those, whom I have chosen before the ages and established as the elect over My people as far back as through Moses and Aaron, accuse Me. And behold, their richly endowed hearts turn against Me. When you accuse Me because of your disappointments, failures, falls or persecutions, I humbly stand before you, My son, and I listen to your unjust accusations in silence. I do not open My lips for My defense. No one is interested in My defense. I am a Victim then and I am a Victim now. Acerbic and painful words fall from the lips of My chosen Sons.  Priests reluctantly admit their mistakes. They rarely say: “I was wrong and You were right”. They rarely ask what I do not like about them. Instead, they demand signs and proofs of immediate help in every matter; as if by choosing them for the highest honors, I owned them captivity and service for the fact that they answered “Yes”.

See, My son, how misunderstood I am. How infinitely lonely in My perfect and magnanimous works. How few understand Me and appreciate what I am doing for you. If you want to ease Me in this first suffering of My Way of the Cross, stand beside Me and trust Me. Stop accusing Me and prodding Me with your words full of pretense, but defend Me with all your strength. Defend Me against sin, against loneliness, and against yourself. Always stand by My side and defend Me, because you know in the depths of your heart that I am innocent, and I am always accused by Satan.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Station II

LORD JESUS TAKES THE CROSS ON HIS SHOULDERS

Way of the Cross - Station 2

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord Jesus:  The acceptation of the vocation means the acceptation of the cross. Remember who I am. I am the Savior of the world who redeemed mankind through the cross. I have called you to continue My work on Earth and to pour out My merits on souls. You agreed to follow Me, and now you are renouncing the cross? You renounce work without pay, celibacy, a life of mortification, a life of prayer? How do you want to continue My work without the cross? Instead of it, you choose pleasures, comfort, and entertainment, which the world gives you. I am giving you the cross, but in it, I contain the power of My love and care. You receive strength and consolation of the heart, which the other things will not give you. They will devastate your heart; make it shallow and compromise it. You will regress in development because of your sins, and you will be less and less able to continue My mission, and by the same token to fulfill your calling.

By taking the cross on My shoulders, I also took you with your priestly cross, so you would never have to carry it alone. The priest is never alone unless he throws Me out of his life through sin. Then, I must take away My protection and My blessing from him. However, as long as there is not any idol before Me, I will carry his cross together with him.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Station III

LORD JESUS FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME

Way of the Cross - Station 3

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord Jesus:  The next station is a fall. How much priestly falls hurt Me. All human sins do not hurt Me much as yours do, priest. My Heart has given itself to priests and in them, I am well pleased. Their betrayals cost Me My life and I still cannot heal the wound of My Heart, because again, I am betrayed and wounded anew.

I fell for the first time because the thought of all these sufferings, which would come on My Heart, paralyzed Me with pain. Is it worth it to suffer and love so much, meaning so little to those I have chosen? Will they, like Me on My way of the cross, fight with all their might to hold the cross in their hands? Will temptation prevail in their hearts and they will forsake the cross, and Me together with it? I was left alone with My cross and hence I fell. I had no one to lean on. I am surrounded by egoists who sell My love for a handful of sinful consolations. However, I rise up in order to plead for strength for you. Without My grace, no one is capable of conversion and faithfulness. So I am pleading for this grace for you as I rise up, because the faith that love will win in your heart is My strength, thanks to which I rise up. Take My strength from this station, because I obtained it then for you.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Station IV

LORD JESUS MEETS HIS MOTHER

Way of the Cross - Station 4

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord Jesus:  The mother of priests comes on My Way of the Cross to take over part of My pain. Her most faithful Heart comprehends My suffering. I entrust this burden to Her. I give Her My chosen ones, so that She may carry their weakness with Me. I accept this suffering so that I can go on. From now on, She will co-suffer with My Heart for the sin of every priest. From now on, She will weep over everyone, whom She will not be able to guard for Me. Every priestly fall will pierce Her with a sword, because every priestly fall is the death of Her son. Her son – a priest, and Her Son – God.

The sacrifice of Mary, taking part in the sacrifice of the priest, obtains graces for My sons. I dedicated to Her My Heart in order to save priestly hearts. Only hearts devoted to My Mother will remain pure and faithful. If the heart of the priest will not belong to Mary, the devil will send another woman to him, whom he will prepare in his own image and likeness, as the opposite of Mary, to take away the priestly heart from Me. So alleviate My pain and give forever your priestly heart to Mary, so that it may become like Her Heart. With Her help, remain faithful to Me and you will make Me happy, and you will not waste My Passion in your life and in your calling.

Mary, Mother of God, receive my priestly heart as it is today. I give it to You forever as Your sole property. Dispose of it according to Your will. Make it like Your Heart, so that it would be faithful, pure, prudent and brave, even if it were to cost me a lot. Do with it what you have to do, so that I may be the joy and the consolation of Your Son. Amen.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Station V

SIMON THE CYRENIAN IS HELPING JESUS TO CARRY THE CROSS

Way of the Cross - Station 5

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord Jesus: A faithful priest, a priest devoted to Me, is an invaluable treasure, a consolation for which I am looking for in vain among the onlookers. The pain of the past stations was so great that I will not manage to carry it anymore. My Mother obtains for Me the grace of the Cyrenean. He takes this heavy burden from Me, forced by Her prayers.

Just as without the Cyrenean, I could not continue My way of the cross; so without priests, I cannot continue My redemptive work. I need help in carrying this immensity of human sins and in making satisfaction for them.

Priest, although My cross weighs heavily on you, and My suffering frightens you and fills you with disgust, be close to Me and do not abandon our cross. If only you will be close to Me, you will soon receive the grace you need to persevere, to understand, and to accept your cross. Like Simon, you will open your eyes to the divine reality and see your calling to it. Today, I am calling precisely on you for help. Do not excuse yourself, so I would not have to force you by a serious illness or threat. Follow Me at My first call and help Me to get to the Golgotha, because there I will also redeem your soul and I will also pay off your debt. I promise you that you will receive the strength and the desire to carry this cross, as Simon received it. I know how to thank. I know how to be grateful. Risk everything to receive My gratitude.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Station VI

VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF LORD JESUS

Way of the Cross - Station 6

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord Jesus:  You can comfort Me, if you want. Acknowledge Me before the world. Show that you have it in you to be generous towards Me. Sacrifice your comfort for My relief. Risk it all by choosing Me, My Will, My Heart and My Reward. Be sure that I will see your sacrifice and reward you already here, and then infinitely more. I have so few friends on My Way of the Cross… I have so few friends in the world. I am counting so much on you.

Have I made a mistake about your heart? I saw great hope in it, I anointed you and waited for you to grow. Grow for Me. Nobody will appreciate you just like Me. Nobody cares about you as I do. Try to show gratitude to Me for My Sacrifice consciously borne for you. It is My great investment in your soul, so you would bring Me solace and unite with Me during My sufferings. I want to impress on your heart a likeness, which can unite only us, Christ and His priest, the First Christ and the second Christ, who will follow in the footsteps of the First, to imitate His deeds and His love. Allow Me to make you into whom I desired you to be. Give yourself to Me in such a way, so that I could do with you what I have planned. Do not allow yourself to sin, because you will never become similar to Me.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Station VII

LORD JESUS FALLS FOR THE SECOND TIME

Way of the Cross - Station 8

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord Jesus:  The subsequent fall. You will meet Satan on your path. He will look you in the face more than once. You will not recognize him right away. He will take on a pleasant appearance in order to deceive you, but when you allow him to come closer, he will bring you down. This is your first enemy. He will lie in wait for you to sense your moments of weakness. Then he will push you and you will fall. If you allow him to come close to you, you will always fall. He exceeds you in strength, cunning and knowledge a thousand times, just as an adult exceeds a child. If you take anything from him, he will destroy you. You are helpless and naïve toward his snares. You do not see how he deceives you, just as Eve, who was fooled. The only way of defense is an absolute obedience toward My words, My commandments, My Will. 

My will, expressed to you through My commandments and My Word, is a defense for you, which no evil sprit is able to overcome and vanquish, including Satan himself. Keep My Commandments and My Word as if it were a matter of life and death. Let My Commandments be food for you, which you eat with delight every day. I have given you the strength to defeat the entire Hell, but never leave without this armament, because you will perish right away. Do not delude yourself with your own strength. It is not with man that you fight, but with demons, which only I can oppose. None of the inhabitants of the Earth can beat them. They will always lose.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Station VIII

JESUS COMFORTS THE CRYING WOMEN OF JERUSALEM

Way of the Cross - Station 7

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord Jesus:  Cry over your sin. Regret your weakness, because if you, My chosen son, fall, on whom should I support My arm? What will happen to those who have received less than you? Less faith, less knowledge, less grace? If my best crops are rotting, with what will I feed mankind? How will I save your children, if you leave them to their fate? Don’t you know that this is a great crowd that can not distinguish between their right hand and their left? Don’t you feel sorry for this crowd? Don’t you feel sorry for Me to forsake Me halfway?

The tears of this station are My consolation. If they flow, it means that I have met an open heart, which opens up to My suffering. I want your compassion. I suffer great loneliness. If you want to join Me from this station, do so. I want. You do not have to go back, because wherever you will go back to, you will not find Me anymore. I passed these stations and you were not besides Me. But now you are and I want you to stay, because the most terrible still awaits Me. I will not remind you of the days gone by and ask: Where have you been? Just be with Me now to the end. Never leave again. Never wound again. With your faithful presence you will reward Me for your absence. I want, I really want, you to stay.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Station IX

JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME

Way of the Cross - Station 9

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord JesusFrom now on, a different life and different falls await you. If you fall, it is only in the eyes of the world. My arm, with which I am leaning on you, will not let you fall. If you will be supporting Me, you will not fall, because I will not fall in you anymore. Be the one I am leaning on. Only with love you can make reparation for sin. There is no other payment and no other consolation. I want nothing more. Wounded love only needs love; and if the wound is so deep that it refuses to heal, it needs even more love.

Thus, ask Me to become love itself. So that your heart opens to Me so wide that I may pour My love into it. I am its source. Fill yourself at the Source and remember that what I desire are not bloody sacrifices, but a truly contrite spirit. Without real contrition, there can be no talk about real change. If I do not crush your heart, it will not learn to love. If it does not learn to love, I is not suitable for Heaven. Therefore, I will crush your heart, I will circumcise it for Me, so it may become the heart of a knight and a warrior, the heart of a friend and the heart of a bridegroom. I love and I give love. Take, even if your heart were to burst.  I will wound it and I will heal it.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Station X

JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS CLOTHES

Way of the Cross - Station 10

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord JesusSon, remember that I allowed man to undress God. I revealed the whole truth about Myself, so that man would see that I am the Truth itself, and there is not a bit of falsehood in Me. Look at Me, so you would know that I do not desire to tower above you. I want to expose your heart to yourself, so that you would know the truth about yourself. When you stand before Me stripped of your garments, you stand before the Truth itself. While this is a painful experience, it is necessary. Look closely at all the sins that have marred the truth about you. If you feel shame, joint it with Mine.

I allowed man to strip Me of My garments in order to obtain for him by entreaty the grace of standing before Me in the truth. Thus, allow Me now to rip off your garments. Stand naked in front of Me and show Me your wounds. Offer Me your shame and pain. I want you to know them. This is an experience that you yourself need, because I know you perfectly. However, you do not know the truth about yourself, because you have hidden it deep even from yourself. Your dignity is in Me. I have imprinted on your soul My seal, which shines despite the wounds of the body and the soul. This seal of election and anointing raises you above what is human and mundane. This seal is My living Word, which repeats to you every day: “Follow Me”. You are no longer only misery and wounds. You are My son.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Station XI

JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS

Way of the Cross - Station 11

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord Jesus:  I have called you to relieve Me in My suffering. I have sanctified your hands by giving Mine to torturers. I have allowed My hands to be bound, so that yours would be able to disband the shackles of souls mired in sin. Each hit of the hammer on the nail, which pierced My hands, I offered for a different grace that I desired to bestow upon you. By uniting our hands on the cross, your hands heal, grant blessings, release from evil spirits, remove fears, absolve souls, give comfort and strength flowing from My Heart. Your hands are My authority on Earth. Your hands grant My graces and bind the powers of hell through blessings. I obtained by entreaty all these graces for you, allowing My hands to be nailed to the cross. Thus, I want and I have the right to ask you to keep your hands pure and holy, because they are no longer yours. I formed them from My pain on the cross. They are a blessing to the world. They are worthy to take God, touch Him, and give Him to the faithful.

Think of yourself as a doubly created being. The first time in the act of creation as a human being during your conception. The second time in the act of consecration as a priest during My Passion. In the first act, I used the dust of the earth and My Breath. In the second one, I united the weak man with the Sacrifice of My Divine Passion. I have made you someone more than nature. I have made you nature inextricably united with My Divinity. You are a being so deeply united with Me and so deeply immersed in the merits of My Passion, that there is no place where you end and I begin. We are always one, because your essence flows from Mine.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Station XII

JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS

Way of the Cross - Station 12

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord Jesus:   When I was lifted up on the cross, I begged for your soul, so that the Father would allow Me to raise her as high as I desire. My three-hour agony on the cross was the pinnacle of prayer and sacrifice. I offered all these three hours for priests, the flower of My Passion and, and the same time, its fruit. I begged for them to be preserved in grace. At that time, I have already forgiven you all priestly sins that will be crucifying Me through all human generations. The sins of the Pharisees delivered Me into the hands of executioners. Priestly sins renew My Sacrifice and multiply its torments in multitudes of souls, as if they were directing Me in the hands of multiple executioners, from among whom, however, I suffer the most acutely from My beloved ones. All scandal draws souls behind it. Neglect and egoism in the conduct of priests result in a lack of faith in the faithful.

And yet, I have instituted the priesthood and I do not regret it. A priest truly devoted to My Heart brings Me more joy and relief than a thousand sacrificial souls. How could I convince you, My sons, to fight to the death for holiness? How to convince you that without loving Me, you must not join My ranks? Only love has the strength to lift the cross. Only love has the strength to endure on it to the end. Let My agony and death be your strength. I cannot give you anything above that. My Passion on the cross is My most precious grace. Today, once again I am offering it for your soul, priest, so that you may live only for Me.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Station XIII

JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS

Way of the Cross - Station 13

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord Jesus:  When I gave up My life for you and only My body remained on the cross, I still desired to sanctify you and I still desired to give you even more. I have already offered My Passion, agony and death. But I still had My Body and My Blood. So I allowed the soldier to open My Heart with a lance and pour My Blood into the priestly chalice. It is yours. I allowed Joseph to take My body from the cross to hand it over on the hands of John, My first priest, who, standing under the cross, received all the graces that I obtained on the cross for priests. He received Mary for his Mother, he received My Blood and My Body, as well as My last words, so that they would become the strength to proclaim the truth about My Life and My Death, and also about My Resurrection. The patient and full of anguish persistence under the cross, next to My Mother, was for John a baptism of blood, in which he repented of his doubts and abandonment of Me.

When I gave away everything into his hands, My Mother, My Body and My Blood, John humbly placed Me in My Mother’s arms, because he alone would not have been able to bear such great pain and such great responsibility. Follow his example, so that by possessing Me, My Passion, My Body and My Blood, you would not go astray, you would not fall. You must entrust to Mary your priesthood and the power of the graces that flowed down upon you from the cross. Unite your sacrifice with Her sacrifice. I united the life of the priest with the life of My Mother, so that She would have a son who would replace Me on earth. The agony of Mary made Her Heart infinitely fertile, giving birth to My sons in My image and likeness, spiritual brothers, the priests. Without Mary, the priest will fall. My gifts, My Body and My Blood, are too heavy for Him. He must fall before Mary and share with Her this blessed burden, which She carried during Her entire life.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Station XIV

JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB

Way of the Cross - Station 14

We adore You, O Christ and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Lord Jesus:  I have died to the world and placed me in a tomb. My body rested safely. In complete silence, I awaited the day of My victory. Remember my son, your body must also rest in the grave. You must die to the world in order to be resurrected for Me. Free yourself from a world that competes with Me for your heart. Bury the idols that would like to take My place in your life. Free the body from temptations by avoiding all opportunities for them to arise. Let me put your body in a grave. It means that it will mortify them by denying them pleasure. Only when your body rests in the grave will your spirit be released to fly up to the Father. The body will always hold you to the ground.

Put your body in the hands of Mary. She will wrap them in half and lay them in a grave. Your prayer will stop the cordons of demons lurking on your body like ferocious sepsis coursing over the carcass. Let Me cover you for your short life in Her Immaculate Heart, so that no one will steal your body. Tell me yes so that I can roll over the stone and seal your grave. Now, in peace, await the meeting with the Reviving Spirit who will resurrect you to a completely new, holy life, a life for Me.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be …
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

 

END OF THE ROAD OF THE CROSS

Lord Jesus:  My son, as you contemplate this Way of the Cross, open yourself to the Truth and let it penetrate your heart, so that it may be wounded and healed at the same time. I am giving you the meditations of My Heart, so you would know who you are in My Heart and how much I have thought about you during My Passion. I value your love above the love of women (2 Sam 1, 26). Remember, I will be the King and I will rule, but you are second to Me (1 Sm 23, 17). Alter Christus – Second Christ. I bless you and strengthen you. As it were, I call you to a new life in Me and in your vocation. Let My Spirit resurrect your heart, fill it and guide it. Amen.

Prayers in the intention of the Pope to obtain an indulgence: Our Father… Hail Mary… I believe in God…


Translated from: Rekolekcje Kapłanskie, na podstawie Orędzi na Czasy Ostateczne które własnie nadeszły, Grzechynia 2018, p. 107-136


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