I can only say that barely awake this morning, if I am, I am in the presence once again of the Mystical Body. I hold the cloth in my hand and gently wash the mess around the eyes. The face is before my face and the cloth has been folded back to the shoulders. As I rub gently I see a little one eye and can see it more clearly and the blue eye lifelessly looks up at me. I find I can do no more for the wash bowl is now empty.
I know that the water in it are the tears of Jesus and Mary and I believe from the tears of compunction I have shed in the past. Why God gives me such grace is astounding to me. I have done nothing but sin. Although I have prayed for the gift of tears (compunction is the Church's description of such tears).
Once when driving back from Seattle on a very wet rainy night I was asked by Mary, my love, "was my day a happy one". I replied probably conceitedly except that I had prayed for the gift of tears and still had not received it. "You are very greedy Michael, did we not today bring your mother to us, in Heaven?"
So now I know, come to realise that if the bowl is to be filled again, not only I must cry for the Church but so must you all. The Church in its dreadful state must be prayed for by us all even down to the shedding of tears. We must all have a true repentance and penitence for the Church which is slowly and yet quickly abandoning the Way of the Cross, driven by the private revelations, the opinions of those who are putting false words in the mouth of their contra jesus. Cry as much as possible, pray to cry and offer your tears for the Church. Be eager this Lent to make great amends for the errors of bishops and hierarchs.