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The Way of the Cross, published after St. Josemaria's death, contains brief commentaries on the 14 stations, fruit of the founder of Opus Dei's personal prayer life.

"The Way of the Cross is not a sad devotion," Bishop Alvaro del Portillo writes in the foreword. "Msgr. Escriva taught many times that Christian joy has its roots in the shape of a cross. If the Passion of Christ is a path of pain, it is also a path of hope to certain victory."

This new posthumous work of St. Josemaria, like the previous ones, seeks to help people to pray and, with God's grace, to grow in a spirit of reparation-of love-sorrow-and of gratitude to our Lord, who has rescued us at the cost of his Blood.

The first edition of The Way of the Cross appeared in 1981. Over 400,000 copies have been sold, in 19 languages.

(from introduction) My Lord and my God, under the loving eyes of our Mother, we are making ready to accompany you along this path of sorrow, which was the price for our redemption. We wish to suffer all that You suffered, to offer you our poor, contrite hearts, because you are innocent, and yet you are going to die for us, who are the only really guilty ones. My Mother, Virgin of sorrows, help me to relive those bitter hours which your Son wished to spend on earth, so that we, who were made from a handful of clay, may finally live in libertatem gloriae filiorum Dei, in the freedom and glory of the children of God.