In today’s podcast, I read two psalms and chant one (you are warned!) from the Office of the day. I begin a little differently, though, reading excepts from a 2006 post meditating on the feast day, and the role of Mary as Mother to all of us Christians. The full text can be found here.
Also, Pope Benedict XVI just wrapped up a successful visit to France that – with all of our storm and election news – we didn’t hear much about in the US. He gets around pretty well for a fellow in his 80′s, who is healthy and fully in his wits; just this year he has been in the US, then Australia, and now France, and I can’t imagine any of this is easy for him. It perhaps puts the lie to the idea that we are all suddenly too old to be useful past a certain age? He led mass 150,000 at Lourdes, which is observing an important anniversary this year, as we have noted here and here. I wrote a little on Lourdes and Mary, here as well.
I think Our Lady of Sorrows may be a powerful intercessor for all in sorrow at this time, particularly those suffering from the effects of Hurricane Ike.
UPDATE: A nice slideshow of The Pope in France.
Julie at Happy Catholic has an excellent post with more lovely art.