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When Constantine the Great entered Bysance, the philosophers went to him and complained that a new religion, Christianity, was being introduced. They asked the emperor to order a public conference between them and the bishop Alexander, to judge the truth of the religions in presence. The emperor consented, and Alexander prepared himself for this struggle. More accustomed to practicing virtue than to handling dialectic, he felt the difficulty of measuring himself with a troop of philosophers, whose discussion was the daily occupation. Nevertheless, he courageously went to the conference, where these philosophers successively took the floor. The bishop asked that they elect one of their number to speak for them. They chose the most able, and when he had come forward to deliver his speech, Alexander said to him, “In the name of Christ, be silent!” At these words the philosopher fell silent, as if stricken with apoplexy, without being able to utter a word. The discussion was over, and the miracle had proved the truth of Christianity.
– In the early days of the Church miracles were more frequent because they were necessary for the spread of Christianity. God is like a gardener who frequently waters young plants, and less often plants that already have deep roots.
– God works miracles mainly to prove the truth.
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.