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When we pray the Stations of the Cross, one of the Church's most familiar and beloved devotions, we witness Jesus' immense suffering and become much closer to him in his Passion. The Challenge of the Cross follows the traditional fourteen stations and includes the fifteenth station on the Resurrection. Each station includes an opening prayer followed by a scriptural reflection that provides a prayerful application to our own lives. Following each reflection is a prayer, a Scripture passage to ponder, and a closing prayer.
When we pray the Stations of the Cross, one of the Church's most familiar and beloved devotions, we witness Jesus' immense suffering and become much closer to him in his passion.
The Challenge of the Cross offers reflections for each of the fifteen stations. Following each reflection, you will find a Scripture to ponder, a prayer to meet the challenge of the cross, and a closing prayer.
ALFRED MCBRIDE, O.PRAEM., holds a diploma in catechetics from Lumen Vitae, Brussels, and a doctorate in religious education from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He has written many books, including Staying Faithful Today: To God, Ourselves, One Another; A Priest Forever: Nine Signs of Renewal and Hope; A Short History of the Mass; and The Story of the Church.