Introduction to the Stations of the Cross written by children for Pope Francis to be celebrated for the Church around the world. Full stations available here http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/2021/documents/ns_lit_doc_20210402_via-crucis-meditazioni_en.html
You know that we children also have crosses to carry. Crosses that are no lighter or heavier than those of adults, but are still real crosses, crosses that weigh us down even at night. Only you know what they are, and take them seriously. Only you.
Only you know how hard it is for me to learn not to be afraid of the dark and all alone.
Only you know how hard it is to wake up every morning after wetting the bed.
Only you know how hard it is to think quickly and to learn grammar and math.
Only you know how hard it is to see my parents fight and slam the door and not talk to each other for days.
Only you know how hard it is to be made fun of, and not be invited to parties.
Only you know what it means to be poor and have to do without things my friends have.
Only you know how hard it is to reveal a terrible secret, not knowing who to tell for fear of being betrayed, accused or not believed.
Dear Jesus, you once were a child like me. You used to play and maybe you would fall and hurt yourself. You also went to school and maybe some of your schoolwork was not exactly great. You too had a mom and a dad, and you know that there are times when I don’t want to obey them when they tell me to do my homework, to take out the trash, to make my bed and to tidy up my room. You too went to catechism and to prayer and you know that I’m not always perfectly happy to go there.
Dear Jesus, you more than anybody else know that there are children in our world who have nothing to eat, who cannot go to school, who are being used and forced to become soldiers.
Help us to carry our daily crosses as you carried yours. Help us to become better and better, to become what you want us to be. I thank you, because I know that you are always close to me and that you never abandon me, even when I am most afraid. And thank you too, for sending my guardian angel to light and guard me every day. Amen