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- The Way of the Cross.
- Any extremely arduous or painful experience requiring strength or courage to endure.
2003, Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason, Penguin, published 2004, page 187:
- But the belief which became imprinted on him was that of the onerousness of God's ‘call’, a via crucis of religious duties – prayers, fasting, church attendance, Bible reading, soul-searching – from which he equally continually shied away