They say that St. Veronica wiped Your face.
It’s not in the book, but I hope it’s true.
The horror of the moment
and Your utter desertion makes me hope,
on Your behalf,
that you felt the compassion of this saint.
But was she there?
I don’t know. But from her
we learn to contemplate
Christ who set his face like
flint towards Calvary.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.