St. Josemaria Escriva
Over the years I have used many different versions of the Way of the Cross or the Stations of the Cross. For over a decade now this has been my favourite. I have two very worn copies of the mini version of this book, one at home and one on my desk at work. And there is an abbreviated version of it in Handbook of Prayers edited by James Socias, this abbreviated version does not have the points to ponder, which I will get to next.
I have three different versions of this book; I have the large hard cover, the mini version and now also the eBook and each follows the same format. First a forward by Alvaro del Portillo. This is followed by the opening prayer. Then the 14 stations, each station starts with a painting from classical art, the meditation for that station. And then it has 5 Points for meditation. And then a short biography of St. Josemaria Escriva, note in some editions the biography is before the forward.
The strength of this this book beyond any other version I have used is those 5 points for meditation. When I have the time I can pray the stations and take a few minutes on each of these 5 points. Other times I pick one of them and follow that number through the 14 stations. During Lent I have been in the habit of praying the Stations daily and using these 5 numbered points one a day and then cycle back through them. And this version is excellent for personal reflection or to do together as a group or parish.
This is an excellent resource for your personal spiritual life, or for your community. I highly recommend it for Saint Josemaria Escriva, who was the founder of Opus Dei, really takes a reader deep into the mysteries of the passion of Jesus Christ.
Note: You can find 2 different audio versions of this book here, led by Father Rocky from Relevant Radio.
Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!
Books by St. Josemaria Escriva:
Christ Is Passing By
Conversations with Saint Josemaria
Friends of God
In Love with the Church
The Way of the Cross
The Way, Furrow, Forge (3 in 1 Edition)
Books about St. Josemaria Escriva:
A Man Who Knew How to Forgive: Lessons from the Life of St. Josemaria Escriva - Francesc Faus
Other Way of the Cross Reviews:
The Way of The Cross
The Way of The Cross II