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Count Frederick of Stolberg, whose father was grand marshal at the court of the Queen of Denmark, was born in Holstein in 1760. From his youth he had a great love for the truth, and this nobility of soul earned him the friendship and esteem of famous men, such as Klopstock, Herder, and Goethe. Later on he held very important positions; he was ambassador in Copenhagen and governor of Oldenburg. But the more he studied his religion, the more he became convinced that Protestantism could not be the true religion, because the principle of free examination took away all basis for certainty. For seven years he prayed fervently to God to help him find the true religion. One day, while traveling, he passed through a village where children were taking their first communion. Before communion, the priest gave a talk to the children on the happiness of being Catholic, because one is sure to possess the truth. This speech was decisive for the Count of Stolberg; he immediately resolved to convert to Catholicism, and on the day of Pentecost 1800, he and his wife abjured themselves at the hands of the famous Overberg, which caused him to lose his position with a salary of 6,000 ecus. The noble count published since then many writings, among others, a great history of the Church and a book on the love of God. He died on December 5, 1819, with the words: Praise be to Jesus Christ!
How fitting that the conduct of this man, who sacrifices an important position for the love of truth, should shame those cowards who for temporal interests, such as a rich marriage, betray their religion.
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.
My Jesus, forgiveness and mercy!
By the merits of Thy holy Wounds and the sorrows of Thy Mother.