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Balmes, the great Spanish thinker, sometimes joked that he carried the proof of the existence of God in his vest. He was talking about his watch. His joke contained the following reasoning: My watch with its cogs requires a worker, a skilled watchmaker.
All the more reason why an infinite intelligence was needed for the great machine of the stars that moves in the firmament with such precision.
Two friends, one of whom was unbelieving, made an excursion into the forest one day, and after walking a long way, sat down on a bench to rest. “See,” said the believing friend to his companion, “these four stakes driven into the ground and the board nailed to them. Will you pretend that this bench organized for sitting is self-made or that it has grown like a mushroom? Obviously it was the work of a craftsman who by the arrangement of the parts wanted to achieve the goal conceived in his mind. If such a simple thing presupposes a mind, all the more reason do the human body, this so marvelous organism, the plants, the animals, require a sovereignly wise Being who has adapted them to their end.”
From the harmony of the human body and all of nature, we must conclude to a supreme Creator.
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.