This week was the fifth gathering of the Lent Retreat in Daily Living I’m offering at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and at St. Hubert’s Catholic Community. We began our session, as always, with the participants sharing in small groups the experiences they had last week praying with the Seven Sorrows of Mary. I think it is fair to say that everyone found something in Mary’s experiences to help them both in their own suffering and when they are walking with anohter in their suffering.
This week and next week, the retreatants will be walking with Christ using the vehicle of the Stations of the Cross. Stations are a popular Catholic devotion, especially during Lent, when it is common for them to be prayed communally. (Check your local Catholic Church – chances are good that they have a Stations service on Friday evenings during Lent.) Although I refer to it as a “Catholic devotion,” many Protestants find it a powerful vehicle for prayer as well. Each of the fourteen stations corresponds to a particular scene or incient in the suffering and death of Jesus. (Thus, the retreatants will pray with one station on each day this week and next week.)
During my talk this week, I said something about each of the first seven stations, which the retreatants will pray with this week. For each, I offered some thoughts on the station on on different questions or areas of reflection the incident might invite us to. The handouts I gave included scriptural references (for those stations having a clear scriptural reference), a set of images corresponding to each of the stations, some reflection questions for each station, and a version of the stations prayers that I find particularly powerful.
You can stream the podcast from the icon below or can download it here. (The podcast runs for 22:43.) You can find a copy of the prayer material for praying with the Stations here. (The attachment contains the prayer material for both this week and next week.)