The Seven Sorrows of Mary are one of the most fruitful topics of mental prayer. On Fridays especially, the Seven Sorrows are a way to better contemplate the Divine Mercy of God.
The Seven Sorrows of Mary also correspond to the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
- The Prophecy of Simeon – Fear of the Lord (Mary is explicitly reminded of her sorrowful vocation: “a sword shall pierced thy soul”)
- The Flight into Egypt – Piety (Mary fulfills her duties toward Joseph and Jesus in a foreign land)
- The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple – Knowledge (Mary’s knowledge of Christ’s identity as the Son of God)
- Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary – Fortitude (Mary’s strength in seeing Christ in His Passion)
- Jesus Dies on the Cross – Counsel (Mary is the spiritual guide and counselor for all who seek her crucified Son)
- Mary Receives the Body of Jesus in Her Arms – Understanding (As Mary holds the dead body of her Son, she perceives His coming resurrection)
- The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb – Wisdom (Christ is hidden but Mary’s soul continues to see Christ and communicate with Him)
Since Mary is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, this should come as no surprise to us.
Relic of the True Cross
|—||Louis de Wohl (via traditionwithoutcompromise)|
“O all ye that pass by the way, attend, and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow.” (Lamentations 1:12)
September 15 is the feast of the Mother of Sorrows.
“Standing near the Cross of Jesus (was) His Mother." —John 19:25
“During the entire course of Her life, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, never deviated in the slightest from the precepts and examples of Her Divine Son.
This was true both in the most sweet joys Mary experienced and in the cruel sufferings She underwent, which made Her the Queen of Martyrs.”
—Pope Pius XII
Mater Dolorosa, ora pro nobis!
"Traditionally, Christians in Iraq (specifically in Christian towns) put a Cross that lights up at night on top of their homes starting the first week of September in preparation for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Although the refugees are out of their homes and they themselves are carrying their cross every day, some maintained the tradition by placing a Cross by their tents in their refugee camps as a reminder of their tradition and faith. May their faith increase more and more and may the Cross of Jesus give them light, strength and life instead of darkness, weakness and death that they are experiencing every day."
—Sister Luma Khudher OP
Photo by Sister Sara, OP
As many of you know, I write about being loved a lot. Lately though, it has come to my attention that being loved is great, and it is what we are, but it means nothing if we don’t live each day as if that is true. One can look at the sun and understand that it gives warmth, but that person never goes out into the sun but stays inside a cold moldy place, that person will die of something awful.
Christ’s love for you is real, it is evident by the fact that creation exists, and that Christ died on the Cross, rose again, and now sits at the right hand of the Father. Yet, what good is love if it does not set our souls on fire? What good is it if we do not allow it to fill us up, so that we may pour ourselves out to others?
All too often I see people fall along the path of Christianity, because they “Stopped believing” or “They are not faithful” or “They just don’t feel loved.” I’m sorry, I didn’t know Christ’s wounded sides were supposed to keep you smiling, or the fact that the purest person in all of creation had to take on the full sins of the world, so that you would never be alone.
Does not the sacrifice of a God not quench your desire to be bubbly and happy all day long?
This may sound harsh, but sometimes love is harsh. I am just exhausted in hearing people getting angry at God because He doesn’t pull through for them. How He doesn’t love us because He allows evil to happen, but what about the fact that He endured the life of a common man in a fallen world, so that He would conquer that evil and one day end it all.
Christ is in the storm, He calls to us when our hearts are broken, and our souls are dying, He brings dead men to life; because He loves and loves and loves.
Jesus’ love is not to be abused, it is not to be forgotten and trampled by our own selfish desires. His love is a beckoning call to leave what we think is true, for what He knows is good.
You really care about the matters of the world? You really care about life’s sorrows one day being wiped away? You really care about evil being brought to justice, and good freed from bondage? Then you need to get a grip on who Jesus is, He is the Author and finisher of our faith! He is making all things new, and He is calling for the end of evil.
You are loved, the bruised and battered face of Jesus proves that. You are loved, the sorrow of Christ’s soul is evidence of that. You are loved, because the air in your lungs is the opportunity to know that.
You are loved, you are loved, you are loved, you are loved, and you are loved; because Jesus obeyed the Will of God, and paid the price for you.
Write it on your heart, let it never fade or be forgotten, because your name is written on the heart of Jesus; and He will never forget you.
|—||Jeanne Jugan (via scottxstephens)|
These two symbols placed on the crucifix help us to remember that our Lord’s sacrifice on the Cross is the greatest act of love God has shown to us.
Through many dark days and nights, Jesus the Eternal High Priest carried me through tumultuous waters. My encounters with Jesus during daily Holy Hours undoubtedly saved my family as the cross bore down upon us. Regrettably, the practice of my faith was mediocre at best during the first seven years of my marriage because my …
Prayer for the feast of St Maximilian Kolbe. Feast day August 14.
In your close conformity to Our Divine Saviour,
you reached such an intense degree of charity that you offered
your life to save that of a fellow prisoner.
Implore God that we, inflamed by such ardent charity,
may, through our faith and good works,
witness Christ’s love for the world
and thus merit to join you
in the blessed vision of God.
Juan de Valdés Leal, “Apparition of Christ to Saint Ignatius on his Way to Rome”
Looking to Jesus, as St Ignatius teaches us in the First Week, and especially looking at Christ crucified, we feel that sentiment, so human and so noble, that is the shame of not being able to measure up; … and this leads us always, as individuals and as a Society, to humility, to living this great virtue. Humility makes us aware every day that it is not we who build the Kingdom of God, but rather it is always the grace of the Lord that acts in us; humility that urges us to give ourselves not in service to ourselves or our ideas, but in the service of Christ and the Church, like clay vases – fragile, inadequate, insufficient, but inside which there is an immense treasure we carry and communicate.
We realized that seriousness is not a fruit of the spirit, but joy is.
You see, there is an irrepressible laughter in the heart of God. The whole universe cannot contain it. He is the one who invented celebrations and feasting and holidays. He is the one who sings and dances over us.
When He suffered the cross, He did it for the joy set before Him. And that joy was knowing that you and I would be fully free. No longer captive to our sin.
Yes, the whole human story is described in terms of a celebration. The marriage of Christ to His bride, the Church. Our God is the ultimate artist of celebration, the inventor of the party, and the healer of the broken.