Stations of the Cross + Meditation

April 8, 2020 |


In our meditation we will follow reflections of Blessed Titus Brandsma on the Stations of the Cross.
We remember Titus’ life and ministry as a Carmelite, professor and journalist. He opposed the Nazis who imprisoned him and later deported him to Dachau where he died a martyr. Titus reflected on Albert Servaes’ expressionist conception of the way of the cross.

Titus himself preached and lived his faith in Jesus Christ – even in times of difficulties, even in times of great suffering, even until the vicious end of his life.

Let us remain in Christ’s presence, open and conscious, right now and right here, so that He might show us new ways beyond the horizon, that lead to overcome death.


Opening Prayer

Lord, you have said:
“If any want to become my followers,
let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
We now want to follow your path by reminding ourselves of your sufferings on the way to the cross. Light up before our hearts your sacrifice for us.
Help us rise up and follow you in all seriousness in our lives.



This “Stations of the Cross + Meditation” was first used in this form at Whitefriars Hall, Washington DC, during Lent 2012.
For personal use only. Arranged by Rolf Nepi Willemsen, O.Carm.
Titus Brandsma. Meditations on the Way of the Cross of Albert Servaes.
Darien, Illinois: The Carmelite Press, 2004.
The original texts were slightly adjusted to the prayer format.
Photos of “Stations of the Cross” from 1919, painted by Albert Servaes.
Final Prayer by Titus Brandsma “Before a Picture of Jesus in My Cell”, 1942, 
translated by Gervase Toelle, O.Carm., slightly adjusted.
Scripture texts are taken from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible

Rolf Willemsen, O. Carm.
Fr. Rolf "Nepi" Willemsen, O. Carm., is a Carmelite priest living in Joliet, IL.
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