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Catholic Stations Of The Cross

How many of you still love the Stations of the Cross that the Catholic church does on Good Friday? Being away from Catholicism for 23 years, I still love the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, do you?

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Emcee ... I dio not mean to imply deceit.
It happens a lot, and sometimes with blogs whose participants are no longer with us.
Sometimes it is right that the theme be reintroduced, but occasionally it is inappropriate, and it is always, as Helen says, confusing!!.
---alan_of_UK on 12/3/07


Emcee - Alan is right. I didn't just write that post, it was posted some time ago. The mods have put a new current date on it, which is confusing.
---Helen_5378 on 12/1/07


this is the perfect way to meditate and remember what Jesus did for us out of Love. When we do this, we put ourselves in the moment back in time as though we are watching Jesus for the first time down the Via Dolorsa!
It is very good!
---lisa on 11/30/07


Alan of Uk ::I more or less had that notion but is that not being deceitful changing a date to resurrect a topic just produce the original.Christianity is TRUTH.
---Emcee on 11/30/07


Emcee ... To be fair to Helen, I am sure she made that reply back in April.
But when the Mods resurrect a blog, the latest reply, even if a year old, is redated to a current date, so it lookes as if someone has just replied
---alan_of_UK on 11/30/07




Helen :: I do not understand you at all after 8 months silence you raise a lentern topic before Christmas? Just asking as a matter of interest.The commandment to Honour your father & mother is still in effect, even in Australia.
---Emcee on 11/29/07


The Stations of the Cross are meant to place us there, along the Via Dolorosa, watching Jesus as he stumbles along, wounded for our transgressions, heading towards Calvary to pay for our sins. It is one of the most moving means of worship that exist. It is even better when the song "Were You There" is sung as part of the service. The greatest place on earth to go to The Stations of the Cross is St Anthony's Chapel in Pittsburgh.
---Greyrider on 11/29/07


Alan of UK - You just don't get it. The particular RC church where I attended and where my mother still attends has had at least 3 different "priests" there, so what you say is not correct. My cousin, her husband, and my aunty all attend another RC church some distance away and they are exactly the same. You have rose coloured glasses on.
---Helen_5378 on 11/29/07


I am no longer a Catholic but I do like the Stations of the Cross. We should remember what Jesus did for us.
---John_David on 4/2/07


Jack.
I appreciate that. I don't believe Orthodox are guilty of idolatory when it comes to images. But historically speaking it was contentious however many centuries ago the disagreement was (over a thousand years ao i think)between Eastern and Western Christians.
---Ed on 3/28/07




** **But with respect, if you knew your Catholic doctrine on this score then you would know that the Catholic Church broke away from the Orthodox Church partly over this issue.**

I will also point out that what led the Papacy and Western Christianity to fall away from the original Orthodox church was NOT this issue.
---Jack on 3/27/07


**But with respect, if you knew your Catholic doctrine on this score then you would know that the Catholic Church broke away from the Orthodox Church partly over this issue. The Catholic Church doctrine states very cleary, that pictures, themselves, of Jesus, are in no way objects of idolization. **

That's what the Orthodox church says, too, because that's what was taught by the Seventh Council.
---Jack on 3/27/07


Helen 5378, when I mentioned that the stations were scriptural I was not suggesting that the practice is scriptural (I said elsewhere that they were not). What I was saying is that each element depicted in the stations of the cross, occurred in scripture. Check them for yourself and see if you can find a single station depicting something that is not recorded in the New Testament.
---lorra8574 on 3/27/07


Helen 5378 You are spoiled, you live in modern times and in a place where we have printing presses to mass produce cheap Bibles and most people are literate.

Much of what you see in a Catholic Church developed during times when each Bible was hand copied on expensive vellum and many could not read.

Nevertheless, the practices though no longer as necessary as they once were, they are still valuable to our faith. This is a form of prayer. It wouldn't hurt you to give it a try.
---lorra8574 on 3/27/07


Helen::"How many times have you looked at them & thought How pretty they are"Helen SHAME, how can you find pretty in Brutality.what are you saying Girl are you posessed?That is Jesus dying for your sins have you no feelings ?ARE you really Christian & people voted for you double shame.
---Emcee on 3/27/07


Helen::You've given me a glimpse into your thought Process; what has Ezikel in the OT got to do with the Stations of The crossIf you are viewing those idols & calling "way of the cross" Idols,IN YOUR EYES "Its your eyes" & you are way off Base. So any further declaration would be equal to "Throwing Pearls before Swine who will trample them underfoot"Helen why do you continue to Condemn yourself, to what good?Hell Or Heaven "HE who is not with me is against me".
---Emcee on 3/27/07


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Helen, I really think your a little flippy. I can't take you seriously with that attitude. Why not get some counseling?
---Hawaiian_Joe on 3/27/07


Helen ... I do not think I am nit-picking.
I am trying to show you (as are others here) that what is not valuable in your path (and it is not to me, either) may (no, is) vsluable to others.
---alan_of_UK on 3/27/07


Helen.
But with respect, if you knew your Catholic doctrine on this score then you would know that the Catholic Church broke away from the Orthodox Church partly over this issue. The Catholic Church doctrine states very cleary, that pictures, themselves, of Jesus, are in no way objects of idolization. The pictures themselves are nothing more than canvas and paint. But that they can help in awakenging the idea of God in the mind and heart of the person is a competely different matter.
---Ed on 3/27/07


I don't care about the pictures, and I certainly would not put up with statutes and praying to Mary or the saints, but I like to remember Jesus, and what He did for us. Helen, get help. I see no Christ like love coming from you.
---Larry on 3/27/07


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Helen you have no pictures or decorative objects in your home? Do you have a house? Furniture? Car? You must have liked them to buy them? That would be the same type of idolatry you speak of.
I'm TRULY sick of this blog, Helen I think I hear your mother calling you. RUN while you still have a bit of dignity left. I'm outta here.
---NVBarbara on 3/27/07


Helen: If a person needs pictures (stations of the cross) to look at to remind them of Jesus, then something is wrong.*

But, Helen, you said this was the reason Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper - to remind you of Him. What's the difference then?
---augusta on 3/27/07


If a person needs pictures (stations of the cross) to look at to remind them of Jesus, then something is wrong. Not only that, but doing so is idolatry. To those who believe they are ok, how many times have you looked at them and thought how lovely they are? That is idolatry.
---Helen_5378 on 3/27/07


Lorra 8574 - ("Helen 5378, The Stations of the Cross are from the Scriptures,") -- Lorra, the only places I am aware of pictures on walls in Scripture are in Ezekiel 8:7-12 and Ezekiel 23:14-17. These passages speak of abominable idolatries in the Temple.
---Helen_5378 on 3/27/07


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Lorra 8574 - ("Helen 5378, The Stations of the Cross are from the Scriptures,") -- Lorra, the only places I am aware of pictures on walls in Scripture are in Ezekiel 8:7-12 and Ezekiel 23:14-17. These passages speak of abominable idolatries in the Temple.
---Helen_5378 on 3/27/07


Helen::Read through this stations of the cross posts.It depicts you in your continued refusal to accept the God who loves you & you refuse Him.Read it dear,it may cause you to reconsider. You say you love HIM He needs to know how much.
---Emcee on 3/26/07


lorra8574, no not at all, Christmas is not a manmade tradition. The first Christmas is recorded in the gospel in the Sacred Scripture, and happened at the birth of Christ in Bethlehem of Judea on the night of December 25, 5 B.C., and the magi came to his feed rack and offered him gifts of olibanum, gold, and sweet-smelling myrrh. Please read Matthew 2:11; Luke 2:7-20.
---Eloy on 3/26/07


lorra8574, Read the Holy Bible, and know that Christmas has no pagan roots. It is a falsehood that pagans started the holy days, and christians just adopted them by adding christian embellishments. The Mithra idol has nothing to do with Christmas: Christmas was instituted by the magi in honor of Christ's birth, in the city of Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago on the night of December 25, 5 B.C.
---Eloy on 3/26/07


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Ceremony and continual rituals never saved anybody, so I encourage you to put your stations in Christ and not in some idolatrous ceremony. Pieces of his wooden cross, his grave shroud, the chalice he drank from, and all of the like, all this is vanity and has no life in it. Embrace Jesus Christ himself with all that you are and pray that he have mercy and convert you to his grace, rather than seeking after empty shadows of Christ.
---Eloy on 3/26/07


Ceremony and continual rituals never saved anybody, so I encourage you to put your stations in Christ and not in some idolatrous ceremony. Pieces of his wooden cross, his grave shroud, the chalice he drank from, and all of such like, all this is vanity and has no life in it. Embrace Jesus Christ himself with all that you are and pray that he have mercy and convert you to his grace, rather than seeking after empty shadows of Christ.
---Eloy on 3/26/07


Helen:What enlightenment do you need if you turn your face away.You looked at Pictures, but it did nothing to or For you? What Or who do you Really Love from the depths of your heart& why? I know your verbal answer But what is the answer to the very God who went through all 14 stages, Would you be willing to suffer the same fate for HIS LOVE?which he did FOR YOUR SINS one of which is pointed out to you PRIDE.
---Emcee on 3/26/07


Helen, No offense, but you can be a pest. Why do you fight and buck against the body?
---pete on 3/26/07


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Helen 5378, The Stations of the Cross are from the Scriptures, and usually only those who are already familiar with scripture or desire to be follow this practice.

It is all about the Bible and Jesus Christ and it is a spiritual walk with Him. You are not obligated to participate, but no harm comes from it. Far from it, it is hard to walk the last hours with Christ and not be touched by it spiritually. It brings home just how much He gave for us.
---lorra8574 on 3/26/07


Helen, What is it with you? I don't believe in statutes and religous practices, but the stations of the cross is meditating on God. Just about every other Christian is wrong or doing something wrong with you. In other words your right and their wrong. It's not a mark of a Christian to fight with so many. Your not listening Helen. Listen to these peoples hearts. If I can hear them, how much more can God? Think about it.
---John on 3/26/07


TY John for coming to my defense. As a former RC I saw much I that I didn't agree with, but as you say the "Stations" are heartrending to me. They simply tell the story of our Lord Jesus and what HE did for ALL of us.
Ever notice Helen that not for your argument starting, it would be fairly peaceful here? Judge not!
---NVBarbara on 3/26/07


You know, some people come to these blogs, pose as Christians and start dissention, and really try and push their agenda. The devil is working overtime. Didn't Jesus say something about Christians being identified by their love for each other?
---Ken on 3/26/07


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Helen, tell me WHERE I said the stations of the cross leading me to Jesus?

I said, "The stations of the cross were the only things that touched my heart towards God"

Helen, you wear your carnality well. Your pride surprises me. You are so against Catholics and yet they treat me BETTER than my Christian friends. AND one said the sinners prayer a few weeks ago and the other one wants to also. STOP sitting in the Judgement seat, that's for God, not you.
---donna6598 on 3/26/07


2nd Post by me. This is EXACTLY what Paul was talking about in his letters to the Corinthians. Arguing back and forth shows you Helen are NOT seeing things with the eyes of Jesus, nor with your spiritual eyes and ears. If I was a non-believer, I'd be disgusted to come to this blog and see Helen attacking the stations of the cross, this and that, they're not this, they're not that. YOU Helen need to repent and do it quickly. Geezy wheezy...look at what you're saying on this blog, it's disgusting.
---donna6598 on 3/26/07


Eloy, is not the celebration of Christmas a man made tradition? Where is this practice in the scriptures?

Christmas as a Christian practice came later, and it is a good tradition with its date positioned overtop of a Pagan celebration in order to replace paganism with Christianity. It worked well.

The Stations of the Cross is not based upon anything pagan, but is it a worthwhile practice that only brings us closer to God.
---lorra8574 on 3/26/07


John - Anybody else who might be against the stations of the cross must be a pest too. As I said previously, there is already more than enough false doctrine abounding in the Church without adding to it. People get their backs up when the truth is pointed out, especially if it goes against what they think is right.
---Helen_5378 on 3/26/07


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John - ("..but the Stations of the Cross is not about pictures.) -- Maybe I am wrong, but I am sure that when I was in the RCC the stations of the cross were a series of pictures on the wall. Can you enlighten me?
---Helen_5378 on 3/26/07


Eloy said: "lorra8574, No born-again Christian celebrates stations of the cross. We celebrate Jesus' birth, called Christmas..."

Eloy, Lorra did not say CELEBRATE but we REMEMBER the day when He gave His life for us and we show our gratitude for giving His life for us.

The RCC remembers these holy days like no one else does. Attend RC functions on Good Friday and Easter and then come back and give us your opinion.
---Caring on 3/26/07


Helen, I was a Catholic and repented of and denounced a lot of the things that I did as one, but the Stations of the Cross is not about pictures. It's about remembering the sufferings of a wonderful God, that did all of this for us. It brings us to the cross. Don't be a fanatic. I noticed that you give Barbara and a lot of other well meaning people a hard time. If your against them, than your against me. Your more of a pest than a help. Where is your heart?
---John on 3/26/07


lorra8574, No born-again Christian celebrates stations of the cross. We celebrate Jesus' birth, called Christmas, and we celebrate Jesus' sacrifice which is the Passover, commonly called "Communion" or the Feast of unleavened bread, and also his Resurrection Day 3 days later. But we do not celebrate any stations of the cross. You are confusing the real Christians with unsaved catholics, and they are not the same, for we born-again and not followers of false religion and traditions of men.
---Eloy on 3/26/07


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Eloy.
Most Christians sing non-psalm hymns in church / chapel. Do you think it is unchristian / pagan to sing such hymns ?
If you say you can include only what is in the Bible in Church worship then by that logic all hymns should be banned. Flowers should not be placed in places of worship. And so on. I don't agree.
---Ed on 3/26/07


More than I could count at the moment Helen, I don't keep a scorecard. The 2 that stand out the most in my mind though are a couple from Persia who were raised Muslem.
And you?
---NVBarbara on 3/25/07


Eloy, the Stations of the Cross is a uniquely Christian practice, no other religion does it. Do you presume that if it wasn't done in the first century, or at least not recorded, that it should not be done? Or that this somehow makes it not Christian?

Jesus wanted us to remember Him and what He did for us. As Christians, we have a variety of ways in which we do this.
---lorra8574 on 3/25/07


AlanofUK - Why are you always nit-picking, either somebody else or more often than not me?
---Helen_5378 on 3/25/07


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NVBarbara - Just how many have you brought to Christ?
---Helen_5378 on 3/25/07


AlanofUK - I stand by what I said, that the stations of the cross do not lead anybody to Christ. People are led to Christ by the preaching of the word of the Cross of Christ. The Holy Spirit acts on the preached word and convicts that person they are a sinner. That is how a person gets led to Christ, and not by any other way. The stations are nothing but pretty pictures.
---Helen_5378 on 3/25/07


AlanofUK - ("You now say there werethree priests as if to say it was properlyinstructed.") -- No Alan. The three priests (actually there could have been more) were not there at the same time. They all taught exactly the same thing. And I learned at school with a different RC nun each year. Still have a book from the RCC.
---Helen_5378 on 3/25/07


Helen ... Here are some more examples of different things helping different people... some prefer to worship in silence, others with loud singing. Some like to embrace, others prefer not. Some find corporate prayer works, other prefer private. Some like large churches, others small house groups & you seem prefer to be alone, since I recall you saying you did not attend church)
---alan_of_UK on 3/25/07


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Helen ... Some find seasons useful, such as Lent and Advent, both seasons when we can prepare ourselves and concentrate on a particular aspect of our Faith, others don't like to do this. Stations of the Cross, from what others say here, seems similar to seasons, leading to contemplation of Christ's sacrifice.
---alan_of_UK on 3/25/07


Helen ... I did say in my earlier post that perhaps you were not taught properly. You now say there werethree priests as if to say it was properlyinstructed.
Yet you had said that you were not taught anything aboutit
I surmise thateither your priests did not instruct you properly, or you did not attend, or just did not find it relevant or helpful, and so rejected it.
Whatever is the case, you are entitled to reject it for yourself, but that does not mean it is invalid for others
---alan_of_UK on 3/25/07


Not judging you Helen, just laying out truth.
I stand by my previous blog. Its love that brings people to Christ, you don't show it.
---NVBarbara on 3/25/07


Why in Luke 23:27 telling women not to grief for Him but themselves? H
---mendy on 3/24/07


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How is it a symbol of sacrifice, love and peace? If not mockery. Take oneself as an example, somebody to do you something very bad and later reminding it to you or somebody telling you it all the time? How would you feel? It seems that you don't even believe in the resurrection, to be expunge definately. Is the Conquerer.
---mendy on 3/24/07


How is it a symbol of sacrifice, love and peace? If not mockery. Take oneself as an example, somebody to do you something very bad and later reminding it to you or somebody telling you it all the time? How would you feel? It seems that you don't even believe in the resurrection, to be expunge definately. Is the Conquerer. Not the denominator.
---mendy on 3/24/07


Helen 5378, read through your posts and see what I see. No scriptures, everything old is dead to you, even that which is from the NT and early Christianity. You have not claimed nor do you support your positions with scripture. Yet, when others support their own positions from the Bible, you denounce us as holding to false doctrines, without any sound reason as to why you feel that they are false.

I have explained my position with the Bible. How about some reciprocation. A dialogue perhaps?
---lorra8574 on 3/24/07


Helen::If its not done in love then it is suspect & some of your answers are condemning.If you continue you are feeding the beast
---Emcee on 3/24/07


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Helen::If its not done in love then it is suspect & some of your answers are condemning.If you continue you are feeding the beast
---Emcee on 3/24/07


Donna: It is a good practice to restore ones oneness with God & His blessed Mother"My soul doth Magnify the Lord"Some people use it even out of the lentern season.It is prescribed as a Penance sometimes.
---Emcee on 3/24/07


Helen # 1 You say "That does not mean that I am wrong, just because I am not doing it your way"
How true those words are!!
How does it happen then that you do not allow others to be different from you?
If you believe what you have just said, how dare you say "The stations of the cross do not, as some claim, lead a person to Jesus" Just because it does not work for you does not mean it is wrong for them
---alan_of_UK on 3/24/07


Helen # 2 It works both ways, Helen.
There are so many things you condemn, because they do not help you in your spiritual journey with God.
But they help others.
Please do try to recognise that we are all different, God did not make us clones, and to meet our different needs, He has created different colours and shades and depths.
---alan_of_UK on 3/24/07


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DeputyD., what a dichotomy.

Tearing the traditions to shreds one minute and loving them on the other hand.
---Patrick on 3/24/07


Helen.
As a Catholic I have absolutely zero interest in the stations of the cross. But i know other people who find it helpful. No-one's faith is as strong as you suggest. Even St Thomas doubted Jesus was standing in front of Him after Jesus had risen from the dead. St Peter denied Jesus. The disciples fell asleep in the garden. They didn't trust Jesus that he would protect him on the lake. But their real faith was to demonstrate the love, compassion and forgiveness as demonstrated by Christ.
---Ed on 3/24/07


** We, in the coptic Orthodox church of St Mark
have celebrated the feast of the cross this week which is for us is the symbol of Love, Sacrifice, and Peace with our Lord and God Jesus Christ.**

Interesting, Marcel.

Nice to know I'm not the only Eastern Christian who posts to these blogs.
---Jack on 3/24/07


And of course the prayer must be sincere / heartfelt.
---Ed on 3/24/07


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stations of the cross is not a Christian celebration.
---Eloy on 3/24/07


Lorra8574 - ("You have shut out the New Testament in favour of some feel-good philosophy.") -- Could you please tell me what you mean as I do not understand what you say. Thank you.
---Helen_5378 on 3/24/07


NVBarbara - You are judging me. You have your own idea of what it is to love non-Christians. Well, my view is much different from yours. That does not mean that I am wrong, just because I am not doing it your way. You just never know when the truth is going to hit home, that is why I persist and have been encouraged in the past to keep doing so. Just how will they know if somebody doesn't tell them?
---Helen_5378 on 3/24/07


Ed - (" Is it the content of the Stations of the Cross you object to, or the fact that people walk around the church reciting prayers") -- It is the stations of the cross themselves that I object to, and the mindless, in most cases, recitation of prayers. Jesus spoke about not reciting prayers repetitiously. The stations are not in Scripture, and we are commanded to "walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). (continued...)
---Helen_5378 on 3/24/07


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2/... (Ed) -- The stations of the cross do not, as some claim, lead a person to Jesus but to the stations themselves. It is the Holy Spirit, through the Cross of Christ, who leads people to Christ. That is done by the preaching of the Cross of Christ. "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). The stations are contrary to faith as taught by Scripture. If you need something to look at to remind you of Jesus, then it is doubtful that you know Him.
---Helen_5378 on 3/24/07


I came from a Catholic background also. I have been born-again 29 years and with all respect to Catholic's I don't miss any rituals that went on there when I attended. If it's not in the Bible, I'm not going there. Now there are many reformed Catholic churches known as charasmatics who are born-again but I do not know if they follow this tradition. So just be careful, o.k.?
---Yolanda on 3/23/07


Helen.
Please tell us what the Stations of The Cross contain that is contrary to Christian faith. I have seen pictures of them and they depict, from the point of view of visual dipiction, exactly what happened in the Gospels. Is it the content of the Stations of the Cross you object to, or the fact that people walk around the church reciting prayers. St Simeon the Stylite prayed for 25 years on top of a column. Eccentric maybe. The important thing is to pray. Not how or where you do it.
---Ed on 3/23/07


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