1) For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? (Mark 8.34-38)
2, 3, 4) St Bernard of Clairvaux and his incredible influence on the Church
Prayer to the Shoulder Wound of Jesus
O Loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I a miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross,which so tore Thy flesh and laid bare Thy Bones as to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other wound of Thy Most Blessed Body.
I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee, and give Thee thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain,and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner,to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of Thy Cross. Amen.