saved from death, but in this, that His Sacrifice was accepted, and that sinners, for His sake, were redeemed. The vision of sin was stretched out clear to the eye of our Lord throughout the whole of the three-and-thirty years of His life, and He was the predestined victim of sin, as well as the actual bearer of the consequences of sin, during the whole of that time. Who then shall measure the tears of compunction that were shed by Him in secret; who count the agonies of grief He ex perienced for the sins of mankind, to the extent of their seeming to crush Him beneath their weight. Of Him, before all, are those words of the Royal Prophet to be understood: " Thou hast set My tears in Thy sight." 1 Blessed tears which have merited for us such rich graces of contrition, such manifold pardons, and which have rendered our penitential tears acceptable for the purifying of our souls ! It is to be believed that during the Agony in the Garden, the night before He died, all the sorrows of His life and every possible cause of grief were present to our Lord. His Soul was in an agony so terrible that it drew the sweat of Blood from the pores of His Sacred Body. But if so, did no tears spring forth from those sacred eyes and mingle with the flow of Blood ere the awful fiat was pronounced ? " With a strong cry and tears, with prayers and supplications, . . . He was heard for His reverence." Again, in the supreme hour of His life, when, abandoned by His Father, He gave utterance to that piteous appeal upon the Cross : " My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? " Surely we are allowed to believe that the "strong cry" may have been accompanied by at least the rising of tears into their fount, in that combined outpouring of His 1 Psalm Iv. 9.