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DEATH




CONDEMNED TO DEATH

 

When St. Peter Claver used to visit prisoners condemned to death, he would first embrace him in silence. Then he would take out his crucifix and prepare the poor man thus: "My brother, the day of your death is approaching, take heart. . ." Then he would prepare the prisoner for confession. When he was through, he would leave him a book in preparation for death. But, above all,  he would leave behind a girdle with sharp points and a scourge, saying: "Scourge yourself, suffer now, my brother, now that you can gain merit that you may escape eternal suffering."  

 

 

 

 

 

(02-18-03)

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