By Fr Denis McBride
Product Code: 1735 ISBN No:9780852314722 In Stock


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The way of the cross is not confined to a lonely road in Jerusalem two thousand years ago:it is a busy highway winding through every village, town and city in our modern world. Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. reflectively guides us along the way of the cross. He contrasts the beauty and solemn simplicity of the more traditional Stations by artist Curd Lessig with modern images that challenge us to link Jesus’ story to the struggle of our everyday life. Through its rich array of scripture passages, paintings, poetry, prayers, photographs and reflections, The Stations of the Cross – then and now becomes a companion not only on our Lenten journey but throughout the year:suffering is not limited to one liturgical season. Whether we walk in solitude or with others, this book translates the passion of Jesus into our own life and times.


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Stations of the Cross Then and Now is a powerful book. Fr McBride writes, in his introduction:"I did not write these stations for public performance, but for devotion:anyone can make the way of the cross at home. After all, it is there, for many people, that they live out their own suffering." For each station, Fr McBride presents a passage from scripture, reflecting on its meaning with the help of a Curd Lessig painting. He then uses a modern photograph to bring that station into the reader's personal world, finally bringing together the "then" and "now" in prayer. These prayers have their own poignancy and relevance, coming as they do from such sources as the Psalms, the Song of Songs... and the Buchenwald concentration camp. As Fr McBride says:"The Gospel comes alive best when the story of Jesus and our own story meet and merge:we learn not only that the story of Jesus throws light on our own, but, paradoxically, that our own story can throw new light on the story of Jesus."

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