Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Let us take our stand by the Cross, in company with Mary, the Mother of Jesus. A sword of sorrow hath pierced through her own soul also.
~from Matins

The sword of sorrow pierced through thy soul, so that we may truly call thee more than martyr, in whom the love, that made thee suffer along with thy Son, wrung thy heart more bitterly than any pang of bodily pain could do. Did not that word of His indeed pierce through thy soul, sharper than any two-edged sword, even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, Woman, behold thy son! O what a change to thee! Thou art given John for Jesus, the servant for his Lord, the disciple for his Master, the son of Zebedee for the Son of God, a mere man for Very God. O how keenly must the hearing of those words have pierced through thy most loving soul, when even our hearts, stony, iron, as they are, are wrung at the memory thereof only!
~from a reading by St. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

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