Agony in the Garden

From The Clock of the Passion by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri:

It was the sight of my sins: these were the cruel press which forced so much blood from thy sacred veins. Hence, it was not the executioners, nor the nails, nor the thorns, that were cruel and barbarous ill thy regard: no, my sins, which made thee so sorrowful in the garden, have been barbarous and cruel to thee my sweet Redeemer.

Then, in thy great affliction, I too have added to thy sorrows, and have grievously afflicted thee by the weight of my sins. Had I been guilty of fewer sins, thou shouldst have suffered less. Behold, then, the return I have made for thy love in dying for me. I have added to thy great sufferings! my beloved Lord, I repent of having offended thee, I am sorry for my sins but my sorrow is not great; I would wish for sorrow that wou1d take away my life. Ah! through the bitter agony which thou didst suffer in the garden, give me a portion of that abhorrence which thou didst then feel for my sins. And if my ingratitude was then a cause of affliction to Thee, grant that I may now please thee by my love. Yes, my Jesus, I love thee with my whole heart. I love thee more than myself, and for thy love I renounce all the pleasures and goods of this earth. Thou alone art, and shalt always be my only good and my only love.

From Rosary Novenas to Our Lady: 54 Day Rosary Novena:

O most sorrowful Mother Mary, meditating on the Mystery of the Agony of Our Lord in the Garden, when, in the grotto of the Garden of Olives, Jesus saw the sins of the world unfolded before Him by Satan, who sought to dissuade Him from the sacrifice He was about to make; when, His soul shrinking from the sight, and His precious blood flowing from every pore at the vision of the torture and death He was to undergo, thy own sufferings, dear Mother, the future sufferings of His Church, and His own sufferings in the Blessed Sacrament, He cried in anguish, "Abba! Father! if it be possible, let this chalice pass from Me"; but, immediately resigning Himself to His Father's will, He prayed, "Not as I will, but as Thou wilt!"
I humbly pray: Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory be to the Father.
I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of Resignation to the will of God and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.


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