If Mary could speak to us, she might tell us that her physical discomfort of standing for three hours was nothing compared to the interior pain piercing her heart. She might also remind us that the only “crime” her innocent son committed was having an immense love for humanity and longing for them to love one another as he did. Being a caring and compassionate woman, Mary might likely move from her remembered heartache and invite us to turn our thoughts toward parents today who endure standing before the crosses of their children. Her love encourages us to join in sending forth the love of her crucified Son to these parents and to everyone who stands beneath the cross of a loved one in pain.
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