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An important aspect of the “way of the heart” that we strive to incorporate into our daily lives is an ability to walk with those on the margins of humanity and to accompany them in their suffering.
By being available to others and participating in Jesus’ mission of compassion, our hearts become outward looking. One example that can help us live this out is the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Pope Francis explained in a homily on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows how the Virgin Mary is someone “who defends us, teaches us, accompanies us; who is not ashamed of our sins. She is not ashamed, because she is our Mother. May the Holy Spirit, this friend, this companion along the way, this Paraclete or advocate Whom the Lord has sent, make us understand this very great mystery of the maternity of Mary.”
She is a perfect model for us as she is always walking with those who are suffering and taking the cares and worries of the world into her heart. She feels their pain and does what she can to help relieve the burden.
As we go about our daily lives, let us strive to imitate the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary and walk with those we encounter each day. Let us not be taken aback by their suffering, but remain with them and extend to them our compassion and love.
Writer and Content Manager
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)