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1. Jesus is condemned to death.

“The chief priests accused him of many things. Again Pilate questioned him, ‘Have you no answer? See how many things they accuse you of.’ Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.” ( Mk. 15: 3-5)

“I still hear his words in my ears about the suffering of Jesus in the Garden of Olives. ‘Look children! See what our beloved Savior, Jesus, suffered because of our sins and his sweat became as drops of blood falling on the ground. Look children, how intense this suffering must have been. A suffering is great when it brings on a sweat, but how much greater the suffering when the sweat becomes drops of blood. These sufferings of Jesus have been caused by our sins.”



2. Jesus embraces his cross.

“Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and carrying the cross himself…” (Jn. 19: 16-17)

“But why did you come to the convent? Was it not to carry the cross in following our Divine Model, the cross of sacrifice and of renunciation? Is there a more meritorious, a more indispensable cross than that of daily dying to self?”

(Exhortations, p. 11)


3. Jesus falls the first time.

“We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all.” (Is. 53: 6)

“If we have fallen, let us hasten to acknowledge our fault, to confess it, to accuse ourselves, and then once more to rise.”

(Thoughts of Mother Alphonse, p. 40)


4. Jesus meets his blessed Mother.

“Standing by the cross of Jesus was his mother…” (Jn. 19: 25a)

“O Mary, my dear mother, take me under your protection. I will be your child and I will imitate your virtues, but what will happen to me, O Mary, my dear mother? O Mary, my dear mother, I have meditated on your sorrows (I had read about the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary in a booklet). Pray for me so that I do not cause you any pain.”



5. Simon helps Jesus carry the cross.

“As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus.” ( Lk. 23: 26)

“Meet with love and kindness all persons who are recommended to your care; consider that God uses you as his instruments among men.”

(Thoughts of Mother Alphonse, p. 32)


6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.

“I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting. The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced.” ( Is. 50: 6-7a)

“Dear God, give me the grace so that I may serve you well as a good Sister.”



7. Jesus fall the second time.

“Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted.” (Is. 53: 4)

“Humbly turn your gaze upon the Lord; accept all contempt and disdain for the love of God and thank him for allowing you to suffer something for him.”

(Exhortations, p. 51)


8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.

“A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children.’ ” (Lk. 23: 27-28)

“When I heard that you spoke against one or another, I cried and prayed to God so that he could change the hearts of those who allow themselves such evil speech.”



9. Jesus falls the third time.

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.” (Lk. 22: 42)

“And we would complain, if he lets us taste a few drops of his chalice of suffering?”

(Thoughts of Mother Alphonse, p. 21)


10. Jesus is stripped of his garments.

“The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced.” (Is. 50: 7a)

“Look, my daughter, a virgin must keep her heart pure, she must guard her eyes carefully, close her ears to evil, and flee from dealings with the world. The more a virgin tires to preserve her purity, the more she should attach her heart to me. She should remain in my presence and speak confidentially with me in her heart.”



11. Jesus is nailed to the cross.

“But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins, upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.” (Is. 53: 5)

“I pondered how the thick nails had made such awful big wounds. I was so affected by this reflection that I wept loudly. On the way, we came to a cross. I looked at the cross and asked my mother, ‘Why did they crucify our Savior?’ My mother answered, ‘My child, our sins have done this.’ ”



12. Jesus dies on the cross.

“Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit’; and when he had said this he breathed his last.” (Lk. 23: 46)

“All religious who observe their vows will die a happy death.”

(Thoughts of Mother Alphonse, p. 53)


13. Jesus is taken down from the cross.

“Now there was a virtuous and righteous man named Joseph who though he was a member of the council, had not consented to their plan of action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea and was awaiting the kingdom of God. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.” (Lk. 23: 50-52)

“God will bless what you say in his name. Thus, there will be one more just soul for heaven.”

(Thoughts of Mother Alphonse, p. 34)


14. Jesus is laid in the tomb.

“They took the body of Jesus and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices, according to the Jewish burial custom. Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by.” (Jn. 19: 40-42)

“It is written, that one who contributes to the salvation of a soul has thereby assured the salvation of his own soul.”

(Thoughts of Mother Alphonse, p. 33)