This station is not only the most tender of the 15, it is also in many ways the saddest. We see Jesus and Mary in warm embrace, but Jesus is on his way to be crucified. How true the prophecy of Simeon those 33 years earlier when he said to Mary, 'and a sword will pierce your own soul too.'
We should pray for our own families, that parents will be loving to their children, and that children will be loving to their parents. We not only learn from Jesus - we can also learn much from Mary, the Mother who always points us toward her Son.