St Bernard of Clairvaux, whose feast we celebrate today, is the last of the Church Fathers as well as a Doctor of the Church. In his annals it is recorded that he asked Our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering. Our Lord responded to Bernard:
"I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound, which was more painful than the others, and which is not recorded by men. Honor this wound with thy devotion, and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins, and will no longer remember their mortal sins."Friday is traditionally the day dedicated to Our Lord's Passion. One of the ways we can do this is with this prayer to the Shoulder Wound of Christ.
St Bernard, along with many of the saints, had a great devotion to Jesus Crucified. They speak of the endless treasures and graces in this devotion.
St Bernard, pray for us and by your intercession may we grow in love for our Crucified Lord.
(Imprimatur: Thomas D. Beven, Bishop of Springfield )