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When Bishop Sailer of Regensburg was still only a university professor, a school play was given in his honor one day in Kaufbeuern. The curtain rose, and a ten-year-old girl, who had been given the leading role, appeared on the stage, attracting the attention of all the spectators. At that moment the Angelus sounded, calling the Christians to prayer, and the little girl without any human respect said to the assembly, “Would it not be proper to say the Angelus before we begin?” Immediately she knelt down and recited her prayer. Some onlookers laughed, but most were deeply moved by the child’s courage; Sailer himself wept with emotion. The little girl then played with such perfection that she was applauded with enthusiasm. At the end of the play, Sailer called the child in, gave her a present and said: “My child, you have played your part admirably, and by your courageous profession of piety you have given us all a very edifying example. Continue to act in this way! God will be with you and make you happy.”
Catholics should often reflect on the boldness of the Mohammedans who are not afraid, even in the middle of a public square, to say the prescribed prayers in front of everyone.
A rich landlord once gave a splendid dinner with the most sumptuous food and wine. After dinner, the master of the house proposed to go to the garden to have coffee, and all the guests got up to answer the proposal. Nevertheless, the host wanted to know if everyone was really in agreement, and asked if anyone had anything else to say. “I,” answered an elderly and venerable gentleman, “still have something to say.” And immediately he joined his hands and recited his graces. “That, gentlemen, he said, is what I still had to say.” Some of those present burst out laughing, but others testified their admiration of this fearlessness, and the master of the house shook hands with him, saying, “I congratulate you, you are a valiant man.”
He who in due course professes his faith without human respect resembles a valiant warrior: this one is decorated, but this one will receive from God an infinite reward.
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.