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were not spiritual, and actually were very rude at times, even making fun of God during Sunday morning mass.
Martin was so discouraged that he decided to have a special session of prayer at a place in Rome called the Scala Sancta, or Pilate’s staircase. The pope had said that he would give an indulgence, which was a certificate of forgiveness, to anyone who could climb the 28 marble stairsteps on their knees in prayer.
Martin went to the staircase early one morning and began the painful task of climbing the steps on his knees, offering a prayer on each step. He was partway
up the stairs when suddenly he thought he heard a voice like thunder say, “The
just shall live by faith!” He was shocked and even frightened by the voice, and wondered if this might be God speaking to him. The words were from Romans 1:17.
  Martin went to the staircase early one morning and began to climb the steps on his knees, offering a prayer on each step.
Those words made him seriously think about why he was climbing these steps.
He had always thought that doing
such things would make him more holy,
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but he couldn’t believe that anymore. The
message he had just heard was clear. God was making it plain that our works cannot
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