My Lord Jesus Christ,
two graces I beg of You
before I die:
the first is that in my lifetime
I may feel, in my soul and in my body,
as far as possible,
the sorrow which you, sweet Jesus,
endured in the hour
of your most bitter passion;
the second is that I may feel in my heart,
as far as possible,
that abundance of love with which you,
Son God,
were inflamed, so as willingly to endure
so great a passion for us sinners.

– The Prayers of Saint Francis

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