Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 12 April |
Saint of the Day: St. Teresa of the Andes
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

A Sinner’s Stations of the Cross

Zvonimir Atletic / Shutterstock

Tom Hoopes - published on 03/05/17

web-stations-of-the-cross-modern-germany-14-zvonimir-atletic-shutterstock
Zvonimir Atletic / Shutterstock

The Fourteenth Station

Jesus Is Entombed

“Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed.” — Matthew 27:59-60

As the stone shuts Jesus in the closet of the tomb and he descends into hell, we know what we must do.

We, too, must enter the tomb of the confessional. There Jesus defeats each of our three falls. We gave over our freedom; in the confessional, our free choice reclaims it. We were dazzled by the glamour of evil; in the darkness of the confessional, we side with the subtler good. In sinning we became the dupes of Satan; in the confessional we side with Jesus Christ again.

All we have to do is enter the tomb with Jesus, tell him everything and beg his forgiveness.

Pray: Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of the sacrament of Penance. Help us always approach you there, confident that if we enter into your death, we will exit in your resurrection to new life.

Closing Prayer

When Pope Francis consecrated the world to Our Lady of Fatima, he celebrated in her “the great works of God, who never tires of lowering himself in mercy over humanity, afflicted by evil and wounded by sin, to heal and to save it.”

Now that this Way of the Cross is done, let us enter a new way: The way of a life in the service of our Savior.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
Tags:
Lent
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
PRINCE PHILIP
Cerith Gardiner
11 Interesting facts about the late Prince Philip
2
Archbishop Georg Gänswein
I.Media for Aleteia
Gänswein: Benedict XVI expected to live only a few months after r...
3
JESUS
Fr Robert McTeigue, SJ
A simple test to see if you really believe Christ is risen
4
Philip Kosloski
Why you can eat meat on Easter Friday
5
DIVINE MERCY
Aleteia
Here’s how to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at home
6
Sister Bhagya
Saji Thomas-ACN
Catholic nun faces conversion charges in central India
7
TABLICA POŚWIĘCONA PAMIĘCI OFIAR PRZEMOCY SEKSUALNEJ
John Burger
N.Y. Cardinal: “For God’s sake, get back to Mass̶...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.