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A venerable bishop, Thomas of Cantimpré, tells us that his own grandmother never stopped mourning the death of her son. One day, in a dream, a group of young people appeared to her, all shining with ineffable beauty, and they came forward, animated by a holy joy. Far behind them, she saw her son coming with an unsteady step. “What is it, my son, she asked him, that you are walking alone and behind the others?” But he immediately showed her a heavy burden that he was carrying in the folds of his garment and said, “Mother, here are all the tears that you have uselessly shed for me and whose weight prevents me from going forward. Instead, address your tears to God, present Him with a resigned heart, have the Holy Sacrifice of the altars offered, and then I will be rid of all that still weighs upon me.”
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.