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A Catholic and a Protestant were once discussing tradition. The latter claimed that all revelation is contained in the Bible, that tradition is useless and worthless. “Well!” replied the Catholic, “fetch me your Bible and I will immediately show you that tradition is necessary.” The Protestant having done so, his contradicter flipped through it and said, “Sir, I asked you for the Holy Books and not this collection of fables. – But,” replied the other, “this is the Bible. – Who tells you that these are the Holy Books? – Who? I know it from my father, from my ancestors, who for centuries have always considered this book to be divine. – So this is the tradition that you do not want to admit!”
– St. Augustine was right, then, to say, “I would not believe in the Scriptures if the authority of the Church did not guarantee their authenticity.”
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.