||First Sorrowful Mystery:
The Agony in the Garden
(Intention: For the ability to do God's Will and to accept the cross)
[ Recite 1 Our Father - 10 Hail Marys - 1 Glory be to the Father ]
My Jesus, You told Your Apostles many times that You looked forward to the final hour of
Redemption, and yet as you foresaw the sufferings to come you shuddered with fear and
anguish of soul.
You asked the Father to let this chalice pass and you received a refusal. My future looms
before me at times, dear Jesus, and I tremble with fear and trepidation. I have implored
the Father many times to grant me a favor or release me from a cross and His answer has
often been "No."
Why should I question His Wisdom in my regard when He refused His Own Son because the good
of mankind was at stake? Help me to do the Father's Will with Your generosity and to
accept a negative reply with Your love.
It is the mental anguish and uncertainty that tears my soul apart and I often question His
love for me.
Your example of resignation, acceptance and love makes me realize that the Father has my
life in His hands and nothing happens to me that is not for my good.
Give me the confidence to ask for what I think I need, the humility to wait for His Will,
and the faith to accept a refusal. Let my suffering be Redemptive, let my will be one with
God's and my life a sacrifice of love.