Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Sixth Station

Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

There is not beauty in him, nor comeliness:  and we have seen him and there was not sightliness, that we should be attracted to him.  Despised and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with infirmity; and his look was, as it were, hidden and despised.  Whereupon we esteemed him not (Is 53:2-3).

It is the Son of God who is passing by, a madman...madly in love!  A woman, Veronica by name, makes her way through the crowd, with a white linen cloth folded in her hands,


and with this she reverently wipes the face of Jesus.  Our Lord leaves the impression of his holy Face on the three parts of the veil.


The beloved face of Jesus, which had smiled upon children and was transfigured with glory on Mount Tabor, is now, as it were, concealed by suffering.  But this suffering is our purification; the sweat and the blood which disfigure and tarnish his features, serve to cleanse us.

Lord, help me to decide to tear off, through penance, this pitiful mask that I have fashioned with my wretched doings...Then, and only then, by following the path of contemplation and atonement, will my life begin to copy faithfully the features of your life.  I will find myself becoming more and more like you.

We will be other Christs, Christ himself, ipse Christus.

All photos in this series are under copyright and are property of Laura Dominick and Dominick Photography.  The text is from the Stations of the Cross in the Daily Roman Missal, originally  by St. Josemaria Escriva.