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A poor widow was asked for a large sum of money that her husband had already paid back. In vain she looked for the calendar in which her dead husband had kept the receipts. One evening, she found herself in the worst distress because the next day a lawsuit was going to be filed against her! It was July. She was praying with her children, and suddenly a glow-worm, which had entered through the open window, attracted the attention of the youngest child. He wanted to catch the beautiful insect, but it took refuge behind a cupboard. To satisfy the child, the mother moved the cupboard a little and – oh wonder – the missing calendar fell to the ground.
God loves to glorify Himself in weak and small creatures.
During the war of 1870 the enemy soldiers were approaching the city of Orleans. The inhabitants of an isolated farm, situated in the vicinity of one of the city gates, were seized with fear, for the sky was all red with the glow of the fires. And then it was winter. An icy wind made the cold even more intense. The inhabitants of the farm were afraid of being surprised by the enemy, who would have killed them or driven them out of their homes. So they prayed all night, especially the grandmother. She had taken a prayer book and repeated “the prayers in times of war”. Each time she stopped at the words, “Lord, please raise a wall before us, so that we may be safe from the enemy.” The farmer believed that the grandmother was asking God for the impossible. But when morning came, what was his surprise when he saw that on the side of the road where the enemy was to pass, a pile of snow, as high as a wall, had piled up in front of the house. The enemy soldiers passed by without worrying the farmer and his family, and everyone admired the wisdom of God, who knows how to use all things to save those who ask for His help.
A ruler had a statue of an angel made of white marble. The angel was holding a silk cord with a silver ring on his left hand, and a diamond chain with a gold ring on his right hand. The crown prince and the princess wanted to know what these rings meant. “I will give the rings,” said the king, “to whichever of you guesses their meaning. – These rings,” replied the prince, “certainly symbolize friendship and love. That’s true,” replied the king, “but why is one ring silver and the other gold? – The silver ring,” said the princess, “represents the friendship and love of men. This friendship is not very strong, it is somehow tied to a thread, which is easily broken. The gold ring signifies God’s love for us, which is strong and indestructible.” The ruler praised their wisdom and gave the silver ring to the prince, the gold ring to the princess.
Let us never forget that God created our hearts to love Him. That is why nothing on earth can make Him perfectly happy.
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.