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Saint Barlaam tells us that in a Greek city they had the strange habit of electing a king every year, and moreover, a foreigner who knew nothing of their habits and customs. These people thought they would be happier with this annual change. The kings on their side began their reign in the pleasures, but at the end of the year the people seized them and made them throw them on a deserted island where they found no food and perished miserably. But once the chosen one was more prudent than his predecessors. He gave generously to some of his subjects and learned from them the fate that was reserved for him. So he sent food, weapons and boats to this desert island during the year. When the year was over, he was treated like his predecessors, they seized him and deported him to the island. As he found all that he had sent there, he re–embarked with the soldiers, returned to the capital, chastised those who had laid hands on him, and then ruled the city without question for many years.
– These unfortunate kings who died every year after one year of reign, are the image of those who think only of their pleasure and earthly goods. Death, by surprising them, makes them eternally unhappy. The prudent king, on the contrary, is the image of those who during their life care about religion and send before them meritorious works for salvation. When death comes, the devil is powerless against them, and they are eternally happy.
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.