“The only worthwhile striving is after the highest ideals: If you aim for an easy target, your standard will inevitably decline, and no progress is ever made, except through real effort and real suffering.” - Servant of God Fra' Andrew Bertie                                                                                                                                                 "Work as if everything depends on you, pray as if everything depends on God" - Saint Ignatius of Loyola


In some places this day, the Friday following Ash Wednesday, was celebrated as the Feast of the Most Holy Crown of Thorns.
The Crown of Thorns, brought to France by Saint Louis, which is kept,
since the Revolution, in Notre-Dame in Paris.
EGREDIMINI, et videte, filiae Sion, regem Salomonum in diademate quo coronavit eum mater sua, parans crucem Salvatori suo. 
V. Plectus coronas de spinis.
R. Posuerunt super caput ejus. 
Oremus.  PRAESTA, quaesumus omnipotens Deus : ut qui in memoriam passionis Domini nostri Jesu Christi Coronam ejus spineam veneramur in terris, ab ipso gloria et honore coronari mereamur in coelis. Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Let us pray especially this year on these Fridays of Lent, for the wellbeing of our holy Order, and for the strength in a time of trial for our beloved Religious members, who through all their human frailty, have dedicated their lives to our sanctification.