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