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A lumberjack was in the service of a prince. As he worked, he cursed Adam and Eve for breaking such an easy commandment and thus causing the misery of mankind. “If it weren’t for your foolishness, me and my wife would not have been so miserable.” The prince heard him and said, “Well, let’s see, from now on I will treat you and your wife as princes: you will be almost as happy as Adam and Eve were in paradise. But the time of trial will come.” The happy couple was installed in a beautiful house, dined daily with the prince; in a word, knew no more worry or misery. The day of trial came. On a festive day the prince had a rich dinner served, and after the dessert a covered dish was brought in. He said, “You may taste all the food except the covered dish. If you fail to obey your happiness is ruined.” Whereupon he departed. The two spouses would have liked to know what the mysterious dish contained. Finally, curiosity won out. The woman lifted the lid of the dish and a little bird flew out. Shortly afterwards the prince returned and drove them out of his palace.
Lords were granted a large estate by the emperor on condition that they were loyal vassals. If the vassal disobeyed his suzerain, the latter took back the fief and punished him with exile. The children of the unfaithful lord were doomed to misery because of their father’s fault. They could no longer inherit the estate their father had owned. Their father only passed on to them poverty and dishonor.
So it is with us. Our first parents lost their supernatural privileges, that’s why we don’t have them anymore. Moreover, they were weakened in soul and body: they passed on this weakness to us. What is incomprehensible to us is that we also inherit their sin: this is an impenetrable mystery of our faith.
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.