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A holy missionary told the following story.
An elderly sinner, whose life had been very scandalous, asked me to come and visit him. I went to his invitation, and I saw an old man who threw himself around my neck, saying, “Here, sir, is a dreadful sinner; save me!” I reassured him: then I asked him, in the name of the glory of God, to let me know what had decided his conversion. “I am absolutely ignorant of it, Father. – Did you follow our instructions? – I never did. – Did your friends encourage you? – I have none, and I would have chosen them such as they would rather have dissuaded me from returning to God. – Perhaps you went to public prayers? – Never.” At this moment, my eyes stopped on a painting of the Blessed Virgin. “What? I said to him, such a picture in your house? – Yes, Sir, the old man continued, I have respected only that, and every day I recite a Hail Mary before that picture, to obey my mother’s last wish. – Ah, rejoice, Sir, I cried, it is to Mary and to this small tribute of respect that you owe your conversion and heaven.”
After this line, no one should despair of his salvation, if he sincerely recommends himself to Mary. However, he who would authorize himself of Her power and goodness to persevere in his errors would be in Christian society a wicked, impious and foolish person.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.
O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.