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THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS OF BLESSED ALPHONSE MARIE EPPINGER

Jesus, Blessed Alphonse Marie Eppinger wanted to walk a path similar to Yours.

She pondered, how she carried her cross and how she saw your presence in her life. She also asked for grace to suffer along with You. Moved by Your sufferings, with deep gratitude, she bowed before You, suffering and dying Jesus, that she may become like You and give You her heart filled with love.

In this moment, we stand before You, Jesus. Because of our sins, we do not dare to even look at You suffering under the cross on the way to Calvary. 

Yet, the words You told Blessed Alphonse Marie, “Pray, suffer, and bear your cross with Me”, fill us with courage to step out and follow You on the way with the cross.

Blessed Alphonse Marie encourages us, “Your sufferings and trials should neither darken your countenance nor depress your thoughts. You will always have suffering. Your way is the way of Calvary. As long as I live, I will speak to you of sufferings, sufferings that will sanctify you. Suffering is a sign that God is with us and that He loves us; were He to leave us without suffering, we would be lost.”

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Meditation of Blessed Alphonse Marie
on the Stations of the Cross

 1. Jesus Is Condemned to Death

 “The chief priests accused Jesus of many things. Again Pilate questioned him, ‘Have you no answer? See how many things they accuse you of.’ Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.” (Mk 15:3-5)

Still are ringing in my ears the words of our priest about Jesus’ suffering in the Olive Garden: “Look children, what Jesus, our dear Savior, suffered because of our sins and how suffering had caused Him to bleed. Look children, how violent this suffering must have been. Suffering is already violent when it causes sweating, but what must it be when the suffering caused bloody sweat? These sufferings of Jesus have caused our sins.” (Autobiography of Elizabeth Eppinger, I/28)

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Sorrowful Mysteries

1. The Agony In The Garden
Let us go to the Cross of Jesus in order to gather the precious Blood, so that none of it may be lost.

2. Scourging At The Pillar
Pray, suffer, and bear your cross with Me.

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Prayers of MAM

Prayer Before Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation

“My God and my Savior, now I want to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Enlighten my confessor so he would, according to Your will, lead me along the way You prepared for me.”

Shortly before confession you should turn to God and earnestly pray with these words: “My Divine Spouse, I rely on You. I want to accept everything what my confessor will say in a way as You would say. But now, my Divine Spouse, open my heart that I may know what to say. My Jesus, I am so poor in knowing myself. Help me to look into my heart so I may know what displease You. Grant me, my Jesus, sincerity and decisiveness to say everything. Jesus, my Divine Spouse, have mercy on me!”

 

Prayer Before Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Prayer for the Confessor

“Jesus, my Divine Spouse, a moment, when I might open my inner being to the confessor whom You recommended to me, is coming. Help me, so I can tell him all my bad affections but also my good affections You gave to me so he would lead me protecting my heart from pride and selfishness. Jesus, my Divine Spouse, grant light to my confessor that he may know Your holy will. I rely on You, my Jesus. In Your name I want be obedient to my confessor who was given to me according to Your holy will.

My Jesus, the words of my confessor I will hear, I want to exactly follow and accept them as You would commend them. Come to my help, my Jesus, through my confessor, let him know Your holy will.  I rely completely on You. I want to listen to my confessor.”

“I want to obey my confessor,
for I obey him I actually obeying You. “