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Lent: Way of the Cross at the Colosseum - Meditations by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 2005

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Way of the Cross at the Colosseum - Meditations by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 2005

As we continue with our Stations of the Cross theme on Fridays in Lent, take a look at today's feature - a series of reflections on the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, written by Cardinal Ratzinger (before he became Pope Benedict XVI only weeks later). These reflections were read during the Vatican's annual Way of the Cross service at the Colosseum in 2005. Pope John Paul II joined in prayer as he followed these very same meditations from his sick bed, only days before he died.

Lord Jesus Christ, for our sake you became like the grain of wheat that falls to the earth and dies, so that it may bear much fruit (Jn 12:24). You invited us to follow you along this path when you told us that “the one who loves his life loses it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (Jn 12:25).

Yet we are attached to our life. We do not want to abandon it; we want to keep it all for ourselves. We want to hold on to it, not to give it away. But you go before us, showing us that it is only by giving away our life that we can save it.
As we walk with you on the Way of the Cross, you lead us along the way of the grain of wheat, the way of a fruitfulness which leads to eternity.

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