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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Today is the day we remember the sorrows of Mary. I cannot imagine how she felt. First, having Jesus leave her after maybe 30 years, then following and hearing even her neighbors turn against him when he returned to his home town; then there was the constant fear that he would be imprisoned. Finally, there was his arrest, the meeting as Jesus carried his cross to the site where he was crucified; then Mary stayed as close to the cross as she was allowed and witnessed her only Son's suffering and death. She was still there when they took his body down from the cross and laid him in her arms. Her own heart was pierced even before the Heart of Jesus was pierced!

We can only contemplate the suffering of this Mother in silence. I feel that the sins of our world are still causing such suffering to so many mothers today, but Mary is there with each of us to console us and strengthen us. Let us spend the day with her in prayer for our world and our Church.

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