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The saint had a great devotion to Jesus crucified. Francis identified with Christ’s sufferings to such an extent that he was gifted with the marks of the Passion, the stigmata.
The fifteen station is expressed in these paintings by superceding the triumph over the burial in the fourteenth station.
The original inlaid, wooden, bas-relief paintings are at the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse, Manitowoc, WI. The Congregation published a station book in which writings of St. Francis accompany this artwork.
We invite comments on how these Stations of the Cross speak to you.