We know the Stations of the Cross as a traditional Lenten devotion, but how can we connect the Way of the Cross to our lives? Author Gary Jansen suggests that by walking through each station, we see the unique ways in which Jesus responded to suffering, and we are challenged to react similarly in our own struggles. Jansen writes:
Though Jesus seems passive throughout his Passion—he never lifts a finger against anyone and he barely speaks—his acceptance, forgiveness, and nonviolence are nonetheless revolutionary, providing first-century countercultural insight on how to live justly in the twenty-first-century world.
Introduce that perspective to older students and adults with the aid of the below video.
Learn more about facing challenges as Jesus did and applying the lessons of the Stations by reading Jansen’s Station to Station: An Ignatian Journey through the Stations of the Cross. Also see the questions for reflection and discussion on applying the lessons of the Stations.