FEAST OF THE SEVEN SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN

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FEAST OF THE SEVEN SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN

by the Priests of the Congregation of St. Paul, 1893

“Now there stood by the Cross of Jesus His Mother.”–St. John xix. 23.

A month ago Holy Church placed before us for our contemplation the triumphant entry of the Mother of Jesus into heaven, and invited us on the great Feast of the Assumption to glory in our Blessed Lady’s triumph and rejoice in her joy. Today Holy Church places before us for our contemplation the sorrows of the Mother of Jesus, and invites us to mourn over her sufferings and sorrow in her sorrows. One is the feast of hope, the other the feast of faith; one is of heaven, the other is of earth. And our Blessed Lady’s sorrows, being of earth, come close to us and teach us a practical lesson–sojourners as we are in a vale of tears. Continue reading

Meditations for Each Day of Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas – Passion Friday

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Meditations for Each Day of Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas

Passion Friday

Our Lady’s Suffering in the Passion

Thy own soul a sword shall pierce– Luke ii. 35.

In these words there is noted for us the close association of Our Lady with the Passion of Christ. Four things especially made the Passion most bitter for her.

Firstly, the goodness of her Son, Who did no sin (i Pet. ii. 22). Continue reading