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Every day we complain of our weakness, of the difficulties, let us say the word, of the impossibilities of virtue. To the precepts of the Gospel, to the exhortations of the Church, to the complaints of our conscience, how often do we answer with the words of the failing will which despairs of itself: “I cannot!” If we are told, “Mortify the pride in yourself. – I cannot. – Detach yourself from creatures and from what passes. – I cannot.” Well, at this moment faith does not accuse your precepts: it accepts them. It says as you do: “You cannot.”
No, we cannot alone by our own strength, and constantly, engage in those fearful combats against ourselves, in which the soul leaves as it were a portion of itself, and from which comes that harsh and bloody victory which is called virtue. We cannot convert and save ourselves. But we can ask God to do with us what we cannot do without Him. We can fall on our knees and say to Him: “My God! Change me and save me!” In a word, we can pray. O wonderful virtue of prayer! Of myself I can do nothing; but above me I have Him who can do everything. I have only to invoke Him, and there He lends His omnipotence to my infirmity! I go to Him by my prayer; He comes to me by His grace. Without prayer, I was weak with all the weaknesses of the creature: by prayer, I become strong with the very strength of the Creator.
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.