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Voltaire, this great hater of Christianity, had once invited his two friends, d’Alembert and Diderot, to supper. These having made some impious remarks, Voltaire said to them: “I beg you, never say anything like that in front of my lackeys; wait until they have gone out. For if they regulate their conduct according to the maxims you have just uttered, I am sure that they will cut our necks in the night.” Similarly he wrote in one of his letters, “If I were a prince, I would not tolerate atheist courtiers near me: these people would poison me the first moment they found their interest in it.”
– Voltaire still has many imitators among the proud of the world. While they have no religion for themselves, they hold to it outwardly, especially for their subordinates, because they fear for their lives and their safes; they know that religion has a salutary influence on the conscience of men and turns them away from crime.
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.