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The ambassador of a great power surprised one day Henri IV walking on all fours and carrying his son astride his back. The king having noticed the amazement of the ambassador, said to him: “My dear ambassador, you find me undoubtedly very little worthy? Do you have children? – No, Sire,” replied the ambassador. “Then,” replied Henry IV, “I understand your astonishment, for one must be a father himself to understand such condescension and tenderness.”
– Those alone who do not know the fatherly tenderness of God are tempted to smile at His loving dealings with the saints and to look upon them as impossible and unworthy of God. But those who truly understand God’s goodness also understand His tenderness towards His children, that is, private revelations, such as those of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Bridget, St. Gertrude, St. Therese, and the famous Anne Catherine Emmerich and Bernadette. These revelations are not intended to change the Christian religion, but only to bring our souls to a higher perfection.
God frequently manifests Himself to men, but men are distracted and do not notice Him.
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.