The most beautiful stories...
Their vulnerability and the unjust perseverance of their persecutors in mistreating them made them take a cowardly resolution which would have precipitated them into the ultimate misfortune if God, who is infinite in His mercies and who has compassion on the weaknesses of men, had not pulled them out of this deep abyss by an effect of His omnipotence.
When he went in the morning to visit the holy image, he noticed that there were eight swords in the Heart of Mary instead of seven.
“There is no delay, Father! immediately, immediately! the pain breaks me, and I am dying…” And, indeed, she falls on the pavement of the church and dies in the midst of her sobs.
He who apostasizes sometimes reaps the opposite of what he hoped for in this life. To lose eternal life, however, is the only irreparable misfortune.
Man being a weak creature of body and soul, no one can without lack of reason and common sense believe himself to be free from sin. Only the Mother of God was preserved from all stain by a special privilege. Every man is a sinner. Those who claim to be without fault are often the greatest sinners.