Our Lady of the Sorrows

Virgin MaryIt is quite apparent that the Mother of Jesus suffered immensely at her Son’s trial, torturing and death. What is not so obvious is why we, Catholics, should mark with a special celebration such an ordeal. To start with, the point of reference, of course, will be Christ’s passion, for the Blessed Virgin’s suffering is above all a special sharing in her Son’s torment.

We pay special attention to the Lord’s passion because of all the love that was displayed to and poured down over mankind from the high source of the Cross. It is not pain in itself but the love that made possible to endure such a pain that catches our attention and teaches us so much. Jesus himself assured: “No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). What we are actually beholding on the Cross is that “laying down,” is that “giving himself up” that happens, as if it were, before our eyes, as we contemplate the shedding of each drop of blood, down to the last one. It is love, in its purest form, which is active and acting in Christ’s dolorous dying out.

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