The Sixth Station - Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.

Photo by Ruth Fremson / The New York Times

We gratefully remember and praise you, Jesus,
because your life teaches us how to live as your disciples.

Slipping from the crowd, Veronica, removes the veil from her head and without words wipes your face, Jesus. It is an act of courage and compassion, so graced with tenderness and respect that no one dares interrupt or interfere.

There are non-combatants in war: nurses, corpsmen, physicians, chaplains, and Red Cross volunteers, who minister with devotion and healing in their eyes and hands. Their mission is to serve and care for those who have been traumatized by a conflict they never imagined could personally touch them with such grave consequences. The angelic presence of care-givers injects hope into the horror of war allowing the wounded to cope with their undeserved fate.

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw