Vatican City, Jan 30, 2019 / 04:12 am
Everyone should pray the Stations of the Cross, Pope Francis said Wednesday, revealing that he always has with him a pocket-size book of "Via Crucis" meditations to pray with when he has a spare moment.
"Walking with Mary, behind Jesus carrying the cross, is the school of Christian life: there you learn patient, silent, and concrete love," he said at the general audience Jan. 30.
Letting people in on a "secret," the pope pulled out of his pocket a small Way of the Cross booklet, which he said was a gift from when he was in Buenos Aires that he always carries with him.
"And when I have time, I follow the Via Crucis. Pray the Via Crucis," he encouraged, "because [it is] to follow Jesus with Mary on the way of the cross, where he gave his life for us…"