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Father de Smet was on his way by the Missouri River to the native peoples he was to evangelize. A young man was brought aboard his ship, dangerously ill and suffering greatly. He was a stranger; but in his deplorable state, he needed a friend and a comforter all the more. The missionary flew to him, pressed him in his arms, pitied him, questioned him: “Father,” replied the dying man, “I am a Catholic; God has given me the grace to receive a Christian education, and all my life I have had a great devotion to Mary. For six years that I have been traveling in the mountains, among different nations, I have not yet had the happiness of meeting a priest.” And Mary sent him one to administer the last sacraments, which he received with excellent dispositions. He died the next day, leaving a new proof of the love that the Blessed Virgin has for Her servants, of Her maternal vigilance, and of the help that She provides, at the moment of death, to those who have loved Her during life.
(Annals of the Propagation. Year 1838)
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.