These stations are inspired by the Indians of North America. Their love for the natural world brought them knowledge and gave them respect for the Great Spirit. Emblems in the Bible for the Holy Spirit: the dove, fire, water and wind are all symbols that Native Americans use in their daily lives. These symbols are aspects of God’s creation that Native Americans honor because they are natural gifts that sustain life on the earth. In these stations, Christ is shown wearing a leather fringed garment, probably made of deerskin. The crown of thorns is a cactus found in the southwestern part of the United States. The cactus plant survives in the desert and becomes a home to birds, much as Christ survived the desert of temptation and becomes our home. Christ carries a blue cross out of obedience to His Father in Heaven. Blue stands for loyalty and truth.
May you enter into the mediation of these stations open to what God might be saying to your heart. May He reveal to you a deeper conversion in His call on your life.
– Melanie Twelves