The following excerpts come from The Way of the Cross written by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and published by Our Sunday Visitor (1982).
JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME
“The third temptation on the mount was not temptation by the flesh or by the world, but by the devil himself. … Unlike Christ, we believed the devil’s lies and traded away eternity for time, peace for remorse, and our freedom as children of God for the terrible slavery of sin.”
“Your third fall, dear Jesus, is a witness that I have fallen by the snares of the devil. … But by rising again, you have given me another reason to hope. … By this, your third fall, you purchased for me the grace of rising again each time I fall.”