Lead your people in the Stations of the Cross with a focus on the women of the world.
With growing awareness of the particular struggles that girls and women experience worldwide, the recent prominence of the "Me Too" movement, and a record number of women being seated in the U.S. Congress, bring your community together to pray the way of the cross in solidarity with women.
From the introduction:
The Stations of the Cross offers Christians a tremendous privilege: to walk along on Jesus’ journey as he carried his cross to Calvary. However, to stay in those events of 2,000 years ago is to miss the greatest privilege and opportunity of all—to walk the critical moments of the life, suffering, and death of Christ in the here and now.
These stations were designed to walk mindfully in solidarity with women. We live in a rapidly changing world. Yet the challenges of women worldwide remain particularly startling. These challenges awaken all of us, giving great pause to consider their suffering in our midst. However, while these prayers focus on women, they are meant to be used by the entire community, by all men and women who are concerned about the suffering Christ in our world today.
This Way of the Cross has been used quite successfully in parish settings, retreats, with small faith-sharing groups, and in the RCIA. Through moments of prayer, contemplation, and reflection, participants have come to see poverty, discrimination, injustice, and worldwide suffering with new eyes, encountering the suffering of Christ in the daily.
This spiritual journey has inspired those who take it to embrace more fully and passionately the opportunity to walk with others from death to new life. Most remarkably, it calls them to more faithfully follow Jesus the Christ—both on his way to Calvary and in the world of here and now.
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Carol Pisani welcomes us, in a fresh and inventive manner, to hold hands with women of the world in solidarity with Christ, who walked this journey first. This is a powerful set of meditations that cut straight to the heart.
Carol Pisani’s reflections on the Way of the Cross are especially relevant now. When the male disciples deserted Jesus, women stayed with him through his suffering. Reflecting on how countless millions of women still suffer, we are invited to witness to their pain in light of the suffering that Jesus still experiences through his sisters today.
Carol Pisani holds a Master of Science in Church Management from Villanova University and has served as the Director for the DePaul Center for Mission and Ministry and the Special Assistant to the President for Mission and Values at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. Carol and her husband Roger are the co-founders and co-directors of the Institute for Liturgical and Spiritual Formation as well as the new SacredDoorways.org, through which they provide numerous workshop and retreat programs around the country in the areas of liturgy, music, RCIA, catechesis, and spirituality. Their work in ministry and spirituality spans more than 30 years.