Friends of the Rosary:
September is the month of Our Lady of Sorrows, Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, in Spanish.
The sorrow of the Blessed Mother was immeasurable. It was surpassed only by her love. Her love was even stronger than death. It made her able to support the cruel death of Jesus Christ.
The Stabat Mater — a 13th-century Latin hymn written by Franciscan friar and poet Jacopone da Todi — focused on the sorrow of the Virgin Mary during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
It proclaimed: “O Mother… make me feel the depth of your sorrow, so that I may weep with you. May I bear in my heart the wounds of Christ; make me share in His Passion and become inebriated by the Cross and Blood of your Son.”
Let’s contemplate Mary’s sorrows and ask her for the grace of sharing with her in the Passion of Jesus.
This participation should lead us to real compassion, that is, to suffering with Jesus and Mary.
The Fathers of the Church said that the sight of Mary at the foot of the Cross makes the lesson of the Cross less hard and less bitter. Her maternal example encourages us to suffer and makes the road to Calvary easier.
Jesus, I Trust In You!
To Jesus through Mary!
+ Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York