Moved by compassion, Veronica presents her veil to Jesus, to wipe His disfigured face. He imprints on it His holy countenance, and returns it to her as a recompense. Shall Christ reward you in like manner? Then you too must do Him a service. But you do a service to Christ every time you perform a work of mercy towards your neighbour: for He says: “What you have done to the least of My brethren, you have done to Me.”Where there is sadness,
as Veronica had in seeing your bloody face,
let me wipe away my sins,
so that you will have the joy you deserve
My Jesus, pardon and mercy through the merits of thy sacred wounds.