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The newspaper La Croix de Calais reported the following fact in 1897: A socialist boasted in the inn before his companions that he had finally succeeded, after three years, in making his wife lose her faith. Applause all around. But when he returned home in the evening, he saw a large crowd in front of his house. He inquired and learned that a terrible misfortune had just happened there. When he entered his home, he found his wife and three children on the floor, not giving any sign of life. His wife had placed a bill beside her with these words: “As long as I had faith, I bore all the pains of life with patience, for love of God; but since my miserable husband had made me lose faith, I am unhappy to the highest degree. I don’t want my children to be unhappy too, so I have poisoned them with me.”
– This is what man can be with or without faith. The unbeliever is like a shipwrecked person without hope.
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.