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A young man had led an unchristian life. More than once he had upset his mother, whom he loved very much; yet his evil passions, not to mention bad company, always led him astray. He wanted to pray too, but he had forgotten his prayers, even though he had a lot of knowledge; he took a book of piety, but he could not even find the Office of the Dead, not even the De profundis. Then he became indignant and said to himself in his heart: “Wretch that you are, you can only pray for your mother! Poor mother, she will always be unhappy to have had you for son! Besides, my prayers would be of no use to her. Well, no, it will not be so: I will instruct myself again in my religion; I will confess and take communion for my mother.” And not only was he faithful, but he later became an excellent Christian.
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.