Saint Anthony of Padua and the Infant Jesus by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Love of Jesus Christ – Twentieth Day of January

Love of Jesus Christ. 

If any man love not Our Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema.” — 1 Cor. 16:22.

TWENTIETH DAY.

One tear that is shed at the remembrance of the Passion of Jesus Christ is of more value than a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and a year of fasting on bread and water. — St. Augustine.

St. Francis of Assisi, being found weeping, was asked the reason of his tears. He replied: “I weep at the affronts and sorrows of my Saviour; and my pain is increased to see the ingratitude of men who do not love Him, do not even think of Him.” Whenever he heard a lamb bleating, it recalled to his mind the Lamb without spot Who died on the cross for the sins of the world. He never ceased to exhort his brethren to have continually in mind the Passion of Jesus Christ. Let us never be ungrateful to a God Who has loved us so excessively.

Prayer.

O my Saviour, by Thy sorrowful Passion have mercy on me, and on all. Grant that I may die rather than renew it by my sins.

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