St. Paul, the incomparable master, the great doctor of the infant Church, made Jesus Christ on the cross the delightful object of his love, the sweet subject of his discourses, the end of all aspirations in this world, and the foundation of all his hopes in eternity. “I have judged myself,” he says, “to know nothing but my Jesus crucified; God forbid that I should ever glory in any other thing than in the cross of my Jesus; and think not that I have any other life than that of the cross; for I assure you that I so feel and behold everywhere the cross of my Saviour, that by His grace I am altogether crucified to the world, and the world is entirely crucified to me.”
-St. Francis de Sales
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.”
Say Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be for the Catholic Church and the intentions of the Holy Father.