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One day, or rather one evening, two unfortunate young men, who no longer retained any religious feeling and who had lost even the memory of Mary their Mother, were walking sadly like orphans in whose hearts an immense emptiness had been created, when they were drawn out of their worldly reverie by chants that started from a chapel close to them. Curious, they entered the sanctuary. One choir sang: “Holy Mary, pray for us”; the other choir answered: “Holy Mother of God, intercede for us”, etc. And they themselves were surprised to feel moved to the depths of their souls. In spite of themselves, tears flooded their eyes, they knelt down, and, in a confusion as delicious as it was inexpressible, they mixed their voices with the transports of the assembly. They had come as enemies to the house of God; they had entered with the smile of impiety on their lips, with the contempt of irreligion even in the insulting noise of their march; they had begun by casting a mocking look of superiority on the faithful kneeling at the feet of Mary, and here they suddenly shared the holy enthusiasm of the multitude, and glorified themselves in a loud voice the holy Mother of God who had overcome them.
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.