The image of the Handicapped Crucified Christ is born from a people who know too well the ravages of war – war is not over when it is over! Landmines continue to maim and kill for decades. (JRS Asia Pacific)
All: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
They will look upon Him whom they have pierced. (Zec 12:10)
Just as Jesus' hands and feet were pierced with nails, many people throughout the world — from Cambodia, to Bosnia, to Angola — have been pierced by the devastating blows of landmines.
Denise Coughlan, RSM, Director of JRS Cambodia speaks of how faith inspires her work to ban landmines:
"I have a very strong belief that the consequence of mercy, charity, and love is justice. Justice demands that you advocate to ban landmines and call the producers to account."
We call to mind the image of Jesus Christ disabled, living in solidarity with innocent victims of landmine violence.
All: Our Father.