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Today is the commemoration of Our Lady of Sorrows. It is a day that follows the great feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and reminds us of the many pains that Our Lady endured at the foot of the cross.
At the same time it reminds us of the passage from the Gospel of Luke: “Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed’” (Luke 2:34-35).
The Blessed Virgin, both while on earth and now in Heaven, is especially attentive to the needs of humanity, having compassion upon all and listening to the many challenges we face. Her heart is particularly united to the heart of Jesus and so when she hears of our needs, she does not hesitate to present them to her Son.
Her example of a heart united to the mission of Jesus, attentive to the many challenges of humanity, is something we can all strive to imitate. She teaches us a particular “way of the heart” and how to offer our hearts in a daily offering for the sake of others.
Let us invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercession this day and pray that our hearts may be pierced as well, opening them to the world in love and compassion.
- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)