Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Last night the not-so-little Miss and I assisted at a beautiful Mass in honor of the Exultation of the Holy Cross. As Father Corapi likes to say, there is no Easter Sunday without Good Friday. The cross is the sign of our redemption. The Church, in her wisdom, follows this feast by recognizing the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who stood at the foot of the cross until her Divine Son breathed His last. We adults know how we get if one of our children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews falls down and skins a knee. When a little one comes home crying because they've been bothered by a bully, our first instinct is to want to go teach the bully a lesson he'll never forget. We don't see the big picture and can get caught up in the moment, where all we know is that we have a hurting child in front of us. One can only imagine what Mary endured watching the passion and death of Jesus. Did she see the big picture? It's not important to know that. What is important is realizing that she accepted God's plan, regardless of what it meant for her. In a favorite hymn honoring Mary on the Feast of the Presentation, the author refers to Mary as "opening wide the portal to the Kingdom in the skies". As the New Eve, she made our redemption possible by giving birth to the Redeemer and standing resolutely at the foot of His cross.

Father Check, who is in Rome completing his studies, once urged us to attend every Mass with the same attention Mary paid to Jesus upon the cross, "her eyes riveted upon the countenance of her dying Son." May our hearts be riveted on Him and may Mary aid us in receiving Him worthily and with our fullest devotion.

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