Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Via Crucis: Some Social Justice Stations of the Cross

One of the viewers came to this blog via doing a search for the Oscar Romero Via Crucis and it reminded me that we are getting to that time of year when liturgists and religious educators are looking for Stations of the Cross they can use in their parishes and communities. As a public service, we would like to supply some links to Stations of the Cross that we appreciate for their social content and authorship. And if you don't see one you like, Education for Justice has a pamphlet that tells you how to Create Your Own Justice Stations of the Cross.

  • The Way of the Cross with Oscar Romero -- This simple PDF lists the Bible citations for each Station followed by a reflection from martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero. It has been made available by Education for Justice.
  • Stations of the Cross: Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery -- Pope Francis has said that "human trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime that's become ever more aggressive, that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of society." This Via Crucis reflects on the problem of trafficking and is available from the Religious Sisters of Charity.
  • Via Crucis Latinoamericano -- These Via Crucis reflections in Spanish are by Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel. They are illustrated with his artwork. They were commissioned in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the conquest of Latin America and each Station is a reflection on a social problem that plagues the continent today -- human rights, civil war, human suffering in the marginal barrios, landless peasants, the special problems of original peoples and ethnic minorities, etc...
  • Stations of the Cross of Nonviolent Love -- These Stations were written by one of Pax Christi USA's founders, Melkite Greek Catholic priest Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy. They are made available by the Center for Christian Nonviolence. Rev. McCarthy is also known for his pivotal role in the canonization of Edith Stein.
  • Via Crucis por la Justicia para los Inmigrantes / Way of the Cross for Justice for Immigrants -- A bilingual (English/Spanish) Stations of the Cross written in 2007 by Rev. Michael J. Boehm of Priests for Justice for Immigrants of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Unfortunately his reflections on the plight of our immigrant brothers and sisters are just as true today in 2011.
  • Vía Crucis del Migrante -- A Via Crucis in Spanish developed from the joint pastoral letter of the Mexican and United States Catholic Bishops, "Juntos en el Camino de la Esperanza, ya no somos Extranjeros" ("Together on the road of hope, we are not strangers now").
  • Jesuit Refugee Services USA Way of the Cross -- This pamphlet, illustrated with color photos, highlights the plight of refugees from many different parts of the world today, following each biblical citation for each station.
  • The Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice -- This Way of the Cross was developed by the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns to be used in conjunction with a literal Way of the Cross around downtown Washington, DC that stops at sites symbolic of the different stations but it can be used anywhere to reflect on our complicity with the crucifixion of the poor through economic injustice and environmental degradation.
  • Lament for Racial Justice -- Although it says "Lenten Prayer Service", this is in fact a Via Crucis developed in 2012 by members of the Anti-Racism Implementation Team of the Archdiocese of Chicago, around the theme of racism and prejudice.
  • The Way of the Cross: A Reflection on Christ's Death and Resurrection -- This Via Crucis from Franciscans International contains reflections on the major social problems affecting the world today including poverty, the death penalty, economic injustice, ethnic strife, abuse of women and children, etc...
  • Companions on the Way of the Cross -- This Way of the Cross, written by John Donaghy, a lay missioner serving in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Copan in Honduras, highlights different individuals who have followed the sacrificial way of Jesus, including Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Mons. Oscar Romero, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, among others.

  • Peace Stations of the Cross -- Education for Justice, a project of the Center of Concern, has published this Via Crucis which is an abridged version of Stations of the Cross by Megan McKenna, published by Pax Christi, USA.
  • Eco Stations of the Cross -- a Via Crucis on environmental issues by Barb Born, March 2011, MS Word file

  • The Stations of Justice -- by Michael J. Nicosia, M.Div. This Via Crucis meditates on the radicality of how Jesus acted in the society of His time, MS Word file

  • Stations of the Cross for Today -- This booklet from the Felician Franciscan Sisters focuses primarily on issues of economic justice and includes excerpts from key documents on Catholic social teachings.

We should also point out that Sr. Joan Chittester, OSB has written a new book of reflections, The Way of the Cross: the Path to New Life (Orbis, 2013). The book is magnificently illustrated by Janet McKenzie.

Updated 2/9/2016

Photo: "Jesus is Condemned to Death" by Adolfo Perez Esquivel

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