Mary cared for her Child with sorrow, Mary: Day 328

Mary cared for her Child with sorrow Like a mother whose child has been born with a terminal illness, Mary could never escape for long thoughts about her Son’s death. St. Alphonsus considers how these thoughts would have served as a continual stream of sorrow for her.King David, in the midst of all his pleasures and regal grandeur, heardfrom the prophet Nathan that his son would die: “The child that is born to you shall die” (2 Sam 12:14). The king could find no peace, but wept, fasted, … [Read more...]

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Mary’s sufferings grew as Jesus grew, Mary: Day 327

Mary’s sufferings grew as Jesus grew When we speak of Mary’s sorrows, we typically focus on seven occasions in her life that brought her untold suffering. But St. Alphonsus points out that Mary’s suffering grew throughout her life as she became increasingly devoted to her Son, knowing what lay ahead for him.The sufferings of Our Lady as she offered the infant Jesus to God in the temple didn’t end there. No, they only began; for from that time forward, during the whole life of her Son, Mary h … [Read more...]

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The only sorrow in which Mary complained, Mary: Day 326

The only sorrow in which Mary complained When the Blessed Mother found her young Son at last in the temple, her words were not a rebuke, St. Alphonsus insists. But they were a loving complaint.The only sorrow in which Mary complained was her search for the boy Jesus in Jerusalem. She lovingly and earnestly asked of Jesus, after she had found him in the temple: “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously” (Lk 2:48).By these words she had … [Read more...]

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The greatest of Mary’s sorrows, Mary: Day 325

The greatest of Mary’s sorrows Which of Mary’s sorrows was the greatest? Some have suggested, St. Alphon- sus reports, that it was her loss of her young Son in Jerusalem for three days.The third of Mary’s traditional seven sorrows was not knowing what had happened to Jesus when she returned from the Passover in Jerusalem. Some have reasonably asserted that this wasn’t just among the greatest of her sorrows, but was in fact the greatest and most painful of all. Why is this?First, Mary, ha … [Read more...]

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Mary’s sorrow when Jesus was lost, Mary: Day 324

Mary’s sorrow when Jesus was lost St. Alphonsus points out that when Mary couldn’t find Jesus for three days, she was deprived not only of her Child, but of her Lord.The Apostle St. James says that our perfection consists in the virtue of patience. “Patience has a perfect work, so that you may be perfect and entire, failing in nothing” (see Jas 1:4). Since our Lord had given us the Blessed Virgin Mary as a model of perfection, it was necessary that she should be burdened with sorrows, so tha … [Read more...]

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