Excerpt from Meditations on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Meditation is the first of religious exercises; and the first of all subjects for meditation is the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the words of St. Francis de Sales, meditation always has for its object the love of God and the practice of virtue, and it is useful only in so far as it effectively leads thereto. How great, then, must be the profit to be derived from meditating on the sufferings and the death of Jesus? What can be better adapted to excite in our hearts the love of God and grat itude for his benefits? What can be more proper to maintain, develop, and strengthen the Spirit of piety, courage in sacrifice, and a resolution to belong to God wholly and for ever?
Meditation on the Pass1on is an abundant source of most precious graces, a principle of that supernatural strength which renders the Christian patient and resigned in adversity, firm in combat with the enemies of salvation, and courageous in his war upon self.
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