Image above – Station 2 Jesus takes up the cross
‘The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.’ (Leviticus 19.1-2)
‘Fasting of the heart frees you from limitation and from preoccupation. Fasting of the heart begets unity and freedom…. Look at this window: it is nothing but a hole in the wall. So when the faculties are empty, the heart is full of light. Being full of light, it becomes an influence by which others are secretly transformed. This letting go, this fasting of the heart, is perhaps what Jesus had in mind when he said, “The eye is the lamp of the body.”’ (Nathan Mitchell)
‘‘Do not aspire to be called holy before you
really are, but first be holy that you may
more truly be called so.’ (The Rule of St
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. (From Psalm 19)
‘Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”’ (Matthew 25.34-36)