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'Piercing Sorrow'

Our Lady of Sorrows

Standing by the cross of Jesus [was] his mother... When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother."

- John 19:25-27

When Joseph and Mary presented their newborn Jesus in the Temple, Simeon predicted that a sword would pierce Mary's heart (Luke 2:35). There could be no more agonizing piercing for Mary than to watch her son be crucified. As she stood below, silently pouring out her love to him, he looked down and saw her. In that wrenching moment, he entrusted her to John's care. In anguish she watched him die and be taken to the tomb. I love to imagine that, on Easter morning, perhaps Mary was the first person Jesus appeared to when he rose from the dead, holding with wordless tenderness the one who held him in her womb, transforming her piercing sorrow into joy.

Beloved Mary, help us feel your son's love with us in our sorrows.

- Patricia Livingston
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As St. Paul explained to the Corinthian’s: "Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts." Mary our mother, please be with us as we make great efforts to achieve or obtain spiritual gifts.
david | Posted on: 2020-09-15 22:29:14
The readings today helped me understand that we cannot be ALL the parts of the body. We are only one part - but very needed. Sometimes we can only share in the pain of someone by being there with them. We cannot change their circumstances, but we can accompany them. Because we cannot perhaps, change their death or suffering, we may tend to ignore them, or self isolate, or numb and distract ourselves somehow. Jesus gave us Mary and gave Mary us. We are responsible for each other that is we are response-able to each other! Praise be to God! Alleluia!
Donna (Chomper the First) | Posted on: 2020-09-15 17:02:42
Patricia, thank you for your devotion.

“Standing by the cross of Jesus, stood the mournful mother weeping, close to Jesus to the last”.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with Thee.......

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us during our times of tribulation. Amen.

God Bless our living Faith Family and continued prayers for all.
Tillie | Posted on: 2020-09-15 14:18:32
I remember in 1964 attending the New York World's Fair and gazing upon the Pieta. I was only ten yet I remember being moved to tears at the thought of the Blessed Mother holding her son's crucified body. Even now I am moved to tears at the sorrow the Blessed Mother must have endured.

Yet as Patricia so beautifully wrote this morning in the reflection, "transforming her piercing sorrow into joy" brings such joy to my spirit as I reflect on our Blessed Mother seeing her son risen from the dead. What a joyous moment that must have been!
Colleen | Posted on: 2020-09-15 14:05:38
Thank you. Now I will always think of Jesus and Mary together on Easter morning.
Cc | Posted on: 2020-09-15 13:37:44
Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with the,
Blessed are you amongst women,
And Blessed is the fruit of your womb,
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now,
And at the hour of our death,
Ana | Posted on: 2020-09-15 13:13:58
Del/tom | Posted on: 2020-09-15 10:30:36
Compassionate Mother Mary, please continue to pull me closer to your son’s love and mercy for my life.

Mary, you began with a confident YES and then all the way to the cross you cared and carried heavy burdens to his cross.

Oh Holy Mother of Christ, please intercede for us with your son, today, tomorrow and until the end of our lives.

May we look towards your perfect example of true love and share that love with one another.

Today we remember your sorrows endured for all of us, so that we could one day be saved by your loving, merciful son Jesus Christ.

Thank you Mary for your love and commitment to all of us, who are not worthy, but now have a chance for eternal life.

Hail Mary full of grace be in our lives always.

Tim | Posted on: 2020-09-15 10:29:25
freeter | Posted on: 2020-09-15 10:20:35
Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen
A sinner | Posted on: 2020-09-15 10:10:31
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee....

May we all be filled with grace and know the Lord is with us during our times of sorrow.

A blessed day and continued prayers for all.
Sandy | Posted on: 2020-09-15 09:42:31
Hail Mary....help me to be faithful like you....
Alyssa Peacock | Posted on: 2020-09-15 08:37:45
Alyssa Sandy a sinner good morning and I will pray for you at mass this morning. Hail Mary now and at the hour of our death Amen. I have been adding " Mary ask your son to be with my sons "
Praying for the living faith family

Kjc | Posted on:: 2020-09-15 10:20:28
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