O Christ crucified and victorious,Your Way of the Cross is the summary of your life,the icon of Your obedience to the will of the Father,and the realization of your infinite love for us sinners.
In Your obedience to the will of the Father,we become aware of our rebellion and disobedience.
In Your body, sacrificed, ripped and torn,we see the body of our brothers who have been abandoned along the way,disfigured by our negligence and our indifference.
In You, Divine Love, we see even today, before our very eyes,and often with our silence and complicity, our persecuted brothers and sisters,decapitated, crucified for their faith in You.
Help us to preserve within us a living memory of Your disfigured face,so that we may never forget the terrible price You paid to free us.
CIVIC INVOLVEMENT: Cardinal Mahony has served on a number of committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, including those on Pro-Life Activities, and Migration & Refugees. He was a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (1984-1989) and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants (1986-1991); he is presently a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (1989-2911), the Congregation for Eastern Churches (2009-2013), and on the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See (2000 to 2013. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America.