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A merchant who has to send a letter of great importance, would go to a businessman, explain his case in all details to give him a very exact knowledge of it, and give him power of attorney to write to his correspondent. Although the businessman did not write the letter himself, it will nevertheless contain only the ideas and the will of the principal. So it is with Scripture. The good God, that is to say the Holy Spirit, prompted the sacred writers to write their books and at the same time He enlightened their minds in an extraordinary way. Their books therefore do not contain their word, but the word of God.
– This special action of the Holy Spirit on the authors of the Bible is called inspiration.
Saint Anthony the Hermit (died 356), who lived in Egypt in the desert of the Thebaid, received a letter from Constantine the Great. His disciples were amazed that the emperor would deign to write to their master in person. “You should,” said the Saint to them, “rather wonder that God, the King of kings, should have deigned to send us poor creatures an autograph letter in Holy Scripture.”
– Holy Scripture is the word of God.
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.