When Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World in 1492, there began a new way of the cross, traced for five hundred years in the lives of the poor and oppressed peoples of the Americas. These short meditations on the stations-by such figures as Gustavo Guiterrez, Enrique Dussel, Leonardo Boff, Helder Camara, Elsa Tamez, and Jon Sobrino-reflect on the passion of Christ against the background of conquest. They write, as Virgil Elizondo says in his preface, to "invite our readers to take this journey with us, to share our suffering, to experience our crucifixion, and to taste in anticipation our Easter joy. We invite all-rich and poor, black and brown and white, clerics and lay people-to a profound conversion that will stimulate us to build a better world in the Americas, a world of the new humanity enjoying justice, freedom, and love."
Virgil Elizondo, cited by Time magazine as one of the nation's spiritual innovators, is professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and the Graduate Theological Union. In 2007 Rev. Elizondo was the recipient of the Catholic Theological Society of America's John Courtney Murray Award, for distinguished achievement in the study of theology.
Chapter 1 Opening Meditation: Only My Death Can Express My Life Chapter 2 Station I: Jesus Prays in the Garden of Olives Chapter 3 Station II: Jesus is Betrayed by Judas and Arrested Chapter 4 Station III: Jesus is Condemned to Death Chapter 5 Station IV: Jesus is Denied by Peter Chapter 6 Station V: Jesus is Handed Over to Pilate Chapter 7 Station VI: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns Chapter 8 Station VII: Jesus Carries his Cross Chapter 9 Station VIII: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross Chapter 10 Station IX: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem Chapter 11 Station X: Jesus is Crucified Chapter 12 Station XI: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief Chapter 13 Station XII: Jesus on the Cross Gives His Mother to His Disciple Chapter 14 Station XIII: Jesus Dies on the Cross Chapter 15 Station XIV: Jesus Is Laid in the Tomb Chapter 16 Closing Meditation