August 3 St. Peter of Anagni

You exclaim with him on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” But reflect a while on the fact that the suffering humanity of the Lord was never truly abandoned by God. You are suffering all the effects of divine abandonment, but you have never been abandoned.

-St. Pio of Pietrelcina

 

“These servants of Mine…who nourish themselves at this table of holy desire, are blessed and full of grief, even as My Only-begotten Son was, on the wood of the holy Cross, because, while His flesh was in grief and torment, His soul was blessed through its union with the divine nature.”

-St. Catherine of Siena

 

Prayer before a Crucifix

Look down on me, good and gentle Jesus, while before Your face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul I pray and beseech You to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment, while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Your five wounds, pondering over them with me, calling to mind the words that David, Your prophet, said of You, my good Jesus: “They have pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones.”

Amen.

Say Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be for the Catholic Church and the intentions of the Holy Father.