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Going one morning to the home of the knight Don Antonio Zavan, St. John of God was soon assailed by a group of poor people, and was excessively harassed by one of them, who was more demanding than the others. He distributed a real to each of them; but the insolent one, who claimed to have more, burst into insults against the Saint, calling him a thief of the money he received for the poor. And he went so far as to give him a blow, because he knew that this excess was a means of making him more generous. But the other poor people threw themselves on this wretch, and the housemen even ran to arrest him. John, defending his assailant, had great difficulty in freeing him. Nevertheless, he succeeded, and thanks to him, the culprit was able to run away. The knight, who had seen everything, went down to the courtyard to meet the Saint; he showed him, by embracing him, his regrets that such an outrage had happened in his own house, and kept him at dinner.
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.