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Consider the extreme sorrow wherein thou leavest me by thy departure, the hope and desire I have of seeing thee glorious, impassible, immortal, wholly resplendent with light and majesty. Rise again, therefore, by returning to life, O Lord ! thou wilt restore it to my soul, it will revive with thee, in order to possess thee and be possessed by thee, to be absorbed and transformed into thee, O my Jesus, my love and my sovereign happiness.

CONTEMPLATION.—On the eternal Father concerning these words of our Saviour : “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.”İ. O eternal Father! Father of mercies, and God of all consolation, acknowledge the voice of my Saviour, hearken to the last words of thy Son. He has pronounced them for me, and he pronounced them at his death that I may never lose the remembrance of them, that they might remain engraven in the bottom of my heart, that I might pronounce them at the hour of my death, and that thou mayest receive my spirit as thou didst receive his.

How conformable are these words to those he pronounced in his infancy: he said then, did you not know that I must be about my Father's business ?—Luke ii. 49. He was obedient unto death, had thy will continually before his eyes, and also resigned himself to it at his death. That obedience is the source of my happiness : those words are my riches, my light, my consolation, and my cure; because by seeing my Saviour thus remit his spirit into thy hands, I discover that those hands are full of grace and mercy; that it is to them Iought to have recourse in all my necessities, pains, and dangers ; and, that I shall find in them everything that is necessary for me.

That divine Master has told us, that where he is, there shall his servant be. Is it not for that reason he throws himself into thy hands, 0 eternal Father! that we may throw ourselves therein after him, seek him there, and find him there?

II. If those powerful hands restrain me not, O my God ! if they suffer me to wander among creatures, what shall become of me? I shall be miserable, abandoned, a vagabond, and always in danger of losing myself. But if they protect me, if they support me, I shall fear nothing, and nothing shall be wanting to me. Hear, then, O heavenly Father ! the words of thy Son. Receive me by him, and with him, into thy divine hands. I know how unworthy I am thereof, but I also know very well, that he has acquired for me, by his obedience and death, what I cannot merit of myself. Thus I presume, O my Father and Lord ! to commend my spirit, soul, body, senses, and powers into thy hands. I put my sins also into them, that thou mayest pardon them; my wounds, that thou mayest heal them; my blindness, that thou mayest enlighten it; my trepidity, that thou mayest inflame it.

I throw myself entirely into them, such as I am, and such as thou knowest me, that is, weak, inconstant, poor, naked, deprived. . of all good, capable of all evil, and more miserable still a thousand times than I can imagine. I cast into them my thoughts, views, designs, affections, consolations, and pains—all I am, all I have, all I hope for, all I fear, and all that can befal me. Receive me into thy hands by those of thy Son. May those divine hands conduct me according to thy holy will; may they refer to thy glory all that is in me; may I acknowledge those hands in everything I see, and in everything I suffer ; may I kiss them and adore them even when they strike me; may I retire therein, dwell therein, and repose therein.

III. O divine hands! that created heaven and earth for me, permit me never to depart from your guidance. O beautiful cross, ennobled by the blood and death of my Saviour ! more brilliant than the stars of heaven, and more precious than all earthly riches, thou art the end of his labours, the beginning of his glory, his field of battle, the trophy of his victory, and the chariot of his triumph. But thou art also my portion, inheritance, and the succession which the Lord has left me. He died in thy arms-poor, naked, deprived of all, and content with possessing thee alone. I reverence thee, O precious cross ! I embrace thee and regard thee as my treasure and only relief. Thou art the support of my weakness, the terror of my enemies, and the fountain of my hopes. The heavens already acknowledge thee, the world reveres thee, hell fears thee, and the devil knows that he who has expired on thee is the true Son of God. Thou hast now lost thy ancient rigour, art become a light burthen, an agreeable yoke, a source of glory, and the asylum, strength, and repose of all those that throw themselves into thy arms. I reverence thee, O tree of life! I reverence thee, O source of wisdom! I reverence thee, O furnace of love! Receive me into thy arms, support me, and sanctify me. May he that died on thee, for love of me, receive me.

O most holy Mother of God ! Queen of angels, star of the sea, and refuge of sinners! You, who with extreme pain beheld him to whom you had given life, die so cruel a death, obtain that I may be crucified with him; that he may receive me into the number of his servants; and that I may die, live, and reign with him. saints of heaven! who this day contemplate that divine, glorious, impassible, and immortal Lamb, and who possess him with assurance never to lose him, look down upon me, obtain me the grace of being crucified on earth with Christ, and of being crowned by him in heaven. Amen.

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Contemplation on Eleventh Suffering

XII. The austerity of his Life

Contemplation on Twelfth Suffering

XIII. His Hunger and Thirst after Justice

Contemplation on Thirteenth Suffering

An exposition of the Lord's Prayer in relation to his Hunger

and Thirst after Justice

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XIV. The obligation of living among men whose manners were

so contrary to his

Contemplation on Fourteenth Suffering

XV. His Fasting and Life in the Desert

Contemplation on Fifteenth Suffering

XVI. His Temptation in the Desert

Contemplation on Sixteenth Suffering

An exposition of Psalm CXXIX._"De Profundis”

XVII. The rudeness of his disciples

Contemplation on Seventeenth Suffering

XVIII. His journeys

Contemplation on Eighteenth Suffering

XIX. The hardness and obstinacy of the Jews

Contemplation on Nineteenth Suffering

XX. The false judgments that were made of his actions

Contemplation on Twentieth Suffering

XXI. Men's murmurings against him

Contemplation on Twenty-first Suffering

XXII. His doctrine being contradicted, and his works censured

Contemplation on Twenty-second Suffering

XXIII. Snares laid against him for putting him to death

Contemplation on Twenty-third Suffering •

A thanksgiving to Christ for the Truths he taught us whilst

his enemies were laying snares against him

XXIV. The ingratitude of the Jews

Contemplation on Twenty-fourth Suffering

XXV. The earnest desire he had of his Passion, and the human

fear he had thereof

Of the Transfiguration

XXVI. His sorrow in the Garden of Olives

Contemplation on Twenty-sixth Suffering

XXVII. The treason of Judas

Contemplation on Twenty-Seventh Suffering

XXVIII. His being seized in the Garden of Olives

Contemplation on Twenty-eighth Suffering

XXIX. He is dragged before the tribunals of Jerusalem

Contemplation on Twenty-ninth Suffering .

XXX. The false witnesses

Contemplation on Thirtieth Suffering

XXXI. He is abandoned in the night-time to the insolence of the


Contemplation on Thirty-first Suffering

XXXII. They spit in his face

Contemplation on Thirty-second Suffering

XXXIII. The Prison

Contemplation on Thirty-third Suffering

XXXIV. He is ignominiously dragged through the streets of Jeru-


Contemplation on Thirty-fourth Suffering

XXXV. He is led as a fool to Herod's court

Contemplation on Thirty-fifth Suffering

XXXVI. The coldness of his Friends, and the triumph of his Enemies

Contemplation on Thirty-sixth Suffering


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XXXVII Barabbas is preferred to Him

Contemplation on Thirty-seventh Suffering

XXXVIII. His being Scourged

Contemplation on Thirty-eighth Suffering

XXXIX. His crowning with Thorns

Contemplation on Thirty-ninth Suffering

XL. He is mocked by the Soldiers, and exposed to the laughter
of the People

An Exposition of these words : “ Behold the man';

Contemplation on Fortieth Suffering

XLI. In his Death; that is, from his Condemnation till he expires

on the Cross.—The sentence of Death pronounced against

Contemplation on Forty-first Suffering

XLII. He carries his Cross

Interior Dispositions of Christ, in regard of his Cross 401
Interior Dispositions of Man, at the sight of the Cross 402
Contemplation on Forty-second Suffering

XLIII. His Crucifixion

Contemplation on Christ when he was stripped of his Clothes 413
Contemplation on Christ whilst he is nailed to the Cross 417
To the Left Hand

To the Right Hand

To the Feet


XLIV. The Time he remained on the Cross

Contemplation on Forty-fourth Suffering

What Christ Teaches and Condemns on the Cross .

XLV. The Contempt of his Person, and of the Truths which he

Contemplation on Forty-fifth Suffering

XLVI. The Impenitence of Judas and of the bad Thief

Contemplation on Forty-sixth Suffering

XLVII. His Sorrow in seeing the AMiction of his Blessed Mother . 452
Contemplation on Forty-seventh Suffering .

XLVIII. He is forsaken by God his Father .

Contemplation on Forty-eighth Suffering

XLIX. The thirst he endures

Contemplation on Forty-nint. Suffering

L. His Agony and Death

Contemplation on Fiftieth Suffering


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