The Way of the Cross
The Way of the Cross, published after St. Josemaria's death, contains brief commentaries on the 14 stations, fruit of the founder of Opus Dei's personal prayer life.
"The Way of the Cross is not a sad devotion," Bishop Alvaro del Portillo writes in the foreword. "Msgr. Escriva taught many times that Christian joy has its roots in the shape of a cross. If the Passion of Christ is a path of pain, it is also a path of hope to certain victory."
This new posthumous work of St. Josemaria, like the previous ones, seeks to help people to pray and, with God's grace, to grow in a spirit of reparation-of love-sorrow-and of gratitude to our Lord, who has rescued us at the cost of his Blood.
The first edition of The Way of the Cross appeared in 1981. Over 400,000 copies have been sold, in 19 languages.
- First Station Jesus is condemned to death
- Second Station Jesus takes up his cross
- Third Station Jesus falls the first time
- Fourth Station Jesus is met by his Blessed Mother
- Fifth Station Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the Cross
- Sixth Station The face of Jesus is wiped by Veronica
- Seventh Station Jesus falls a second time
- Eighth Station Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem
- Ninth Station Jesus falls the third time
- Tenth Station Jesus is stripped of his garments
- Eleventh Station Jesus is nailed to the Cross
- Twelfth Station Jesus dies on the Cross
- Thirteenth Station Jesus is laid in the arms of his Blessed Mother
- Fourteenth Station Jesus is laid in the tomb