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Christine of Sweden, only daughter of the famous Gustavus Adolphus, who did so much harm to the Catholic religion, found that the Protestant pastors contradicted themselves. She wanted to know if such contradictions
She wanted to know if such contradictions were also to be found in Roman doctrine, and she began to read Catholic works seriously. This reading convinced her more and more that the Catholic doctrine is the only true one. To remove the last difficulties, she called Protestant and Catholic scholars to her court and asked them several questions. These conferences convinced her completely that the Catholics possessed the truth. But as the laws of her country did not allow her to change her religion, she generously laid down the royal crown to retire to a country where she could live according to her faith (1654). In the same year she solemnly abjured in Brussels and ended her days in Rome; she died there in 1689, aged 63, and was buried in the basilica of Saint Peter.
Such heroism was not uncommon in the time of our illustrious ancestors: thousands of Protestants and Anglicans converted to Catholicism, even though they lost both their position and their fortune. This is the triumph of truth: these converts renounced the honors and goods of this life, in order to live and die in the Catholic religion.
The daughter of a rich American, whose whole family was Protestant, recognized that the Catholic Church was the only true one. So she became a Catholic. When her father found out, he said to her at the dinner table, “I gave you a dowry of $50,000. If you renounce the Catholic faith within eight days, I will not change it, but if you persist in your new religion, I will disinherit you.” The girl answered briefly, “Father, my soul is worth more than $50,000.”
In other words, she meant, “What do I care about $50,000 if I lose my eternal happiness?” Indeed, Jesus Christ said, “What does it profit a man to gain the universe, if he comes to lose his soul?”
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.