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A poor traveler, overwhelmed by misery and discontent with his fate, was approaching a city at nightfall where he found a place to stay for the night. Having fallen asleep he had a dream in which he saw himself in a huge room all filled with crosses of the most varied shapes, and at the same time he heard a voice saying to him, “Choose the one that suits you.” The traveler lifted different crosses, weighed them and reweighed them, without finding one that suited him. Sometimes he found them too long, sometimes too heavy, others had sharp angles. Finally he saw crosses that sparkled like gold, but their weight was also that of gold. After much trial and error he found a cross that seemed to be in proportion and that suited him better than the others. So he fixed his choice on it. Looking at it more closely he found that it was the same cross he had been wearing until then. At that moment he woke up and recognized that God had wanted to comfort him with this dream, and from then on he never complained about his sufferings.
Let us be convinced of the truth of these words of St. Paul: “God will not allow you to be tempted above your strength.”
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.