“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.” -Our Lord to St Bernard of Clairvaux.
When one contemplates the Sacred Wounds of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, we see in them the great means to Salvation. The nails which held the Hands and Feet of our Savior to the Cross are venerated for the meekness with which Our God allowed them to hold Him. The crown which was crafted out of hatred and mockery was accepted by Our Kings Holy Brow, thus accepting us hateful sinners as his ungrateful subjects. Yet among these wounds upon the Flesh of Our Lord, there is none greater than that of His Holy Shoulder, upon which He not only accepted His Cross but dragged it to Calvary. Upon this Wound He bore our sins and the pain it caused him was greater than any of His other Bodily Pains. In spite of this He bore it to Calvary so that we may be saved. Consider that immense suffering of Christs Shoulder. The only anguish, greater still, is that of His Sacred Heart. Blessed be God for this most Sacred Wound. The Cross dug into the Flesh of Our Lord so deeply that the smallest shift in weight would have inflicted more pain than we could possible imagine; so much more is the pain which even a venial sin inflicts upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ.
Prayer in honor of the Shoulder Wound by St. Bernard of Clairvaux:
Most 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.