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Station 5

simon is made to bear  the cross of christ

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station 5: the weight

Station 5

Hear our prayers

For all who have taken on big things….

Injustice, inequity,

exclusion, hatred,

division, dissolution, destruction. 

For those who don’t close their eyes to the pain of the world.

Who don’t turn away.

For those who sometimes feel like it’s more than they can bear.


Hear our prayers.

The Many - Let Justice Rain

by Mary Oliver


That time
I thought I could not
go any closer to grief
without dying

I went closer,
and I did not die.
Surely God
had his hand in this,

as well as friends.
Still, I was bent,
and my laughter,
as the poet said,

was nowhere to be found.
Then said my friend Daniel,
(brave even among lions),
“It’s not the weight you carry

but how you carry it –
books, bricks, grief –
it’s all in the way
you embrace it, balance it, carry it

when you cannot, and would not,
put it down.”

So I went practicing.
Have you noticed?

Have you heard
the laughter
that comes, now and again,
out of my startled mouth?

How I linger
to admire, admire, admire
the things of this world
that are kind, and maybe

also troubled –
roses in the wind,
the sea geese on the steep waves,
a love
to which there is no reply?