ladyofthemoor (ladyofthemoor) wrote,
ladyofthemoor
ladyofthemoor

Jesus falls for the Third Time

At Station Nine Jesus falls for the third time. The number of the falls prelude to the resurrection on the third day. My question is: In moments of weakness and pain, where does my strength come from? 

                               

I have pulled Death from the Tarot of Saints, called Martyrdom. Depicted is St. Stephen, the first martyr. 

                     

I see myself (and other humans) as very fragile, finite beings who become sick and die. Weakness and pain belong to life and I can only endure it, just as the martyrs endured their punishments. My strength comes from knowing that I can only endure it, accept it. I am not really good at that, but it is what I hold on to. 

There is a rose rising up from the skull on the card. I pulled Death, a card of transformation. Deep down in me there is maybe the idea that in that there is growth and new life in enduring, something to gain.      
Tags: death, lent 2008, stations of the cross, tarot of saints
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