Where Does Veronica Find Her Strength?


The sixth station has been my favorite ever since I can remember. Making the Scriptural Way of the Cross in the parish in which I grew up, the verse recited from Sirach, “A faithful is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure,” would often cause me to tear up.

Where Does Veronica Find Her Strength


I desire to be a faithful friend to Jesus. St. Alphonse’s meditation has me confessing at the sixth marker that “Your face was beautiful before, but my sins have since disfigured it.” The sorrow I feel saying these words makes me want to take the place of St. Veronica and do something to make reparation to the Holy Face of Jesus.

Would I, though, be courageous enough to walk past the Roman soldiers, kneel down before my Savior and wipe his bloody, disfigured Face with my own clothing? I would like to think that compassion would move me towards bravery. I would like to think I am capable of heroic actions.

So I reflect, where did Veronica get her strength? To discover the answer I have only to look back two stations – Jesus meets his Mother. Think of the anguish of our Lady seeing her Son carrying such a heavy burden, falling under its weight, beaten and weak. Her face meets His. What grief! A sword pierces her heart. Yet, in her heart, she must have turned to the only One who could help her Son – the Father. Her simple prayer: “God, help Him!”

The Father answers her prayer almost immediately. By the next station, Simon is helping Jesus carry His cross, making the burden easier to bear.

Then, Veronica comes forward to wipe the Face covered in sweat and blood. Perhaps, Veronica found her strength through the prayers of Jesus’ most holy Mother. Grace stirred Veronica to move fearlessly past big, burly, mean soldiers to help One in need, to perform a small act of kindness with great love.

St. Veronica teaches me to be brave and trust in God’s protection when doing His will. She reveals that no act of love and compassion is too little, that God rewards greatly our small efforts.

I also learn from the sixth station to turn to Mary and ask for her prayers that I might become the saint that God is calling me to be.

St. Veronica, pray for us.

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

So, what is your favorite Station of the Cross? I am eager to hear why it is so meaningful to you

Copyright 2014, Kelly Guest

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About Author

God has given Kelly lots of wonderful opportunities to follow Him. She was a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia in Nashville, an education coordinator for a Catholic Charities' program for pregnant teens, a middle school teacher, a director of religious education and is now a youth minister. Her most challenging and rewarding calling, though, is wife and mother of ten children. What she has learned, she blogs at CatholicMom.com.


  1. This is beautiful, Kelly! And I love your thoughts on the efficacy of Mary’s prayers during the Passion–I’m sure you’re right. I, too, love St. Veronica and I’m sure she was strengthened by Mary’s prayers. Thanks for helping me see this station in a new light.

  2. Oh It is so nice to read such wonderful inspirations. Sometimes I wonder whether the world still have people who care about God, Jesus and His Passion, Mother Mary etc? This is encouraging, My best station is when Jesus is before Pilate, just a mere creature to judge the Creator! beaten and crowned with thorns. Can you imagine Jesus had all the power to stop those men from beating him, he had the power to silence Pilate but He kept SILENT. Oh how I pray that Jesus through Mother Mary gives me the gift of silence even when I am the one who is right.

    • What a beautiful meditation for the very first station – “mere creature to judge the Creator,” what an awesome thought. Indeed, silence can be virtuous when used at the right time in the right way. God bless you for sharing me.

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