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A famous man once had an audience with Pope Gregory XVI, who asked him how he liked the Vatican basilica. “From the outside,” replied the foreigner, “it made a rather unfavorable impression on me, but after entering it and staying there for a while, I felt an excellent impression. – So it is, Sir,” replied the Pope, “with certain Catholic dogmas. When one stops at the letter, they repel, but when one meditates on the spirit, prejudices disappear.”
– A thorough knowledge of Catholic dogmas soon dispels the prejudices spread against them.
Copernicus, the inventor of the cosmographic system that bears his name, was a canon of Frauenbourg in East Prussia. His collegiate church still contains many curiosities. One day a company of tourists visited them under the guidance of the sacristan, who drew their attention to, among other things, some relics. One of those present expressed doubts about their authenticity. The sexton told him that the tradition of the church gave sufficient assurance, but the other replied that the testimony of the church was not enough. The sexton continued the tour and showed in a drawer of the sacristy a pile of old things among which a tin tube. “Here, gentlemen,” he said, “is a curiosity of great value: the remainder of a telescope of Copernicus.” After examining it carefully, the incredulous one from earlier reproached the sexton gravely for leaving such a precious relic lying around among old junk. The sexton laughed and said: “Sir, although the telescope was invented only 60 years after Copernicus’ death, you believed on my word that this object, which is only a candle mold, was genuine, and just now you did not admit the secular tradition of this church because it concerns religious objects. I allowed myself this joke, which every educated man recognizes as such at first sight, to point out your inconsistency.” The doubter left the church covered with confusion.
– This trait proves how much some people who would not admit religious truths at any price, even if they were announced to them by an angel, believe the most absurd assertions with an unusual naivety.
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.