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As a result of providential circumstances, Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey found himself at the bedside of a godless journalist, a blasphemer to such an extent that his bishop had been forced to excommunicate him.
“My friend, said the priest, you are very ill, and yet your soul is even more ill than your body! You have in the intimacy of your soul an abyss that even Heaven cannot fill. You are without Jesus Christ! – Do not pronounce this name in front of me, do not speak to me about Him, answers the sick man with a gesture of despair. Don’t you know who I am? – I know who you are. – Don’t you know that I am the manager of such bad newspaper? – I know that, sir. – And do you also know that when I write my articles, I have a theology book on my table to look for material to blaspheme, and a crucifix in front of me to insult to its face? – I know all this, and it is Jesus Christ who sends me to offer you peace of mind and happiness. – And Jesus Christ sends you in spite of this? – Not in spite, but because of it. I come from Him to tell you that He loves you and that He is only waiting for a word from you to forgive and forget everything.”
A terrible struggle begins in the heart of this man who is so guilty. After a quarter of an hour, he falls sobbing into Father Mateo’s arms and confesses. He suffered from cancer for six months and was in acute pain. He received communion every day. Happy in his suffering he said, “Thank you, Heart of Jesus, who delivered me from hell through cancer.”
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.