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Lk 23: 28-31

Jesus turned to them and said: ”Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me. Weep for yourselves and for your children.


The days are coming when they will say,
”Happy are the sterile, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed’. Then they will begin saying to the mountains, ”Fall on us’, and to the hills, “Cover us’. If they do these things in the green wood, what will happen in the dry?”.


Ever since the prophecy of old time, that the Saviour of man was to be born of a woman of the stock of Abraham, the Jewish women had desired to bear Him. Yet, now that He was really come, how different, as the Gospel tells us, was the event from what they had expected. He said to them “that the days were coming when they should say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the breasts which have not given suck”.

Ah, Lord, we know not what is good for us, and what is bad.
We cannot foretell the future, nor do we know, when Thou comest to visit us, in what form Thou wilt come.
And therefore we leave it all to Thee.
Do Thou Thy good pleasure to us and in us.
Let us ever look at Thee, and do Thou look upon us,
and give us the grace of Thy bitter Cross and Passion,
and console us in Thy own way and at Thy own time.





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