Our Lady of Sorrows

 September 15, 2017

Feast Day of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15

With each relationship you add to your life, each child, grandchild, son-in-law or daughter-in-law, you add joy, but you also add the potential for sorrow. You rejoice when a child is born, but that is just the beginning. With each new step, each word spoken, they begin to move away from you, bit by bit. And so your heart is broken, bit by bit. But there is also joy, rejoicing at their achievements, wondering at how they can tug at your heart.

There is sorrow as they choose paths you may not understand, or they make mistakes, fall and get up again and you have to let them. Yours isn’t to hold them back but to help them up. The greatest sorrow of all is to outlive your child, to watch him or her as they die.

Mary knows about our sorrows. She watched as her son’s two feet took him on a path she did not always understand, especially when it led to the cross. What greater sorrow is there than this?

Turn to Mary in your times of sorrow, when your heart is breaking. She knows what it is to have a broken heart . . . and to have it healed again.

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


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