For after He had suffered this agony for a long time, His spirits were so restored that He arose, returned to His apostles, and freely went out to meet the traitor and the tormentors who were seeking Him to make Him suffer. Then, when He had suffered (as was necessary) He entered into His glory, preparing there a place also for those of us who follow in His footsteps. And lest we should be deprived of it by our own dullness, may He Himself because of His own agony deign to help us in ours.
-St. Thomas More
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.