“I then looked on as Jesus, was cruelly stripped and ruthlessly crucified in the most savage manner.

I was struck with wonder at the love of my dear Jesus.

When I asked Him what he did in the midst of so much suffering,

I heard him answer me, “I am praying to my Eternal Father for those who ill-treat me in this way;

I am praying for all my dear creatures because I want to see them all saved”.

Oh truly divine Love! Oh Charity exceedingly great!

O my Jesus, crucify me with you and grant that I may suffer much for love of you.

Resolution: To cherish the cross, and to call to mind very frequently that Jesus hangs on the cross for my sake.

                                                                                                                                – from the Writings of St. Bartolomea Capitanio, vol III pp.99-100