Our Lady of Sorrows

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Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Isn’t it appropriate that the Church celebrates this feast on the day after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross?

The Church gives parishes an option of two different readings for the Gospel. The first is from John 19, the scene at the foot of the cross where Jesus gives his mother to John. The other is from Luke 2 where Simeon tells Mary, “you yourself a sword will pierce,” prophesying about her coming sorrows.

I think that one of the hardest things in the world is for a parent to bury their child. I have a brother who was murdered, and two of my sisters have passed away. My mom has had to bury three of her six children. So I've witnessed a mother's sorrow firsthand. How much greater must Mary’s sorrow have been? Watching her only son, who she knew was the Son of God, holy and innocent, brutally beaten, scorned, laughed at, spit upon and left to die on a cross. Even if she knew God’s big grand plan, the hurt must have been immense. So, whenever you feel great sorrow, ask for the intercession of Our Lady of Sorrows. She knows what you’re going through.

Father, thank you for giving Mary the strength to endure so many hardships. May we endure our sufferings and sorrow with the same grace. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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  • JoAnne: September 15, 2022

    I’ve not heard this explained before. Now I will know that I can use Our Lady of Sorrows to intercede for us during our greatest sorrows.

  • Leydon McInerney: September 15, 2022

    The sequence was beautiful. I’ve only heard it 1 other time.

  • Gisele Raiford : September 15, 2022

    Reading this has opened my eyes up to Mary knowing and sharing the pain of losing my two sons. Thank you for sharing.
    I will remember her pain, and strength she shared and Grace.
    God Bless

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