The Third, Fourth and Fifth Stations
3rd Station—Jesus falls the first time
Life throws us to the ground, whether through our own failures or the failures of others. This should not discourage us, even though discouragement accompanies the experience. Sometimes even in the same day, following Christ requires a series of decisions to rise and continue on.
4th Station—Jesus meets his mother
Often our pain is increased by the reaction of others to our suffering. This painful prism of misunderstanding is another facet of the cross and should be viewed as such. Our Blessed Mother understands our pain perfectly, and, just as she never left her Son, she will never leave us.
5th Station—Simon helps Jesus
We resemble Christ when we move to assist another who struggles to manage a cross and Christ Himself is pleased when we humble ourselves and accept the help of others.