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The bishop St. Paulin had come to the court of Edwin, the pagan king of Northumberland, who asked him if Christianity gave the solution to the problem of the origin and destiny of man. “One of my courtiers,” he added, “claims that man is like a sparrow who from the thick darkness of night enters a brightly lit room, spends a few moments there, and leaves through an opposite window without anyone knowing where he came from or where he is going.” St. Paulin replied that Christianity gave precisely the exact solutions to these problems, and he began to explain the Apostles’ symbol. He showed how the first article teaches that man is a creature of God, and the last, that man will rise again at the end of the world to live forever. These explanations pleased his listeners and many of them asked for baptism.
– It must be repeated again and again that religion is a divine light for our intelligence which enlightens it on the most important questions of life.
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.