About Today for Our Lady of Sorrows

Mater Dolorosa by Carlo Dolci [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

September 15

Our Lady of Sorrows

Memorial

“And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed,’” (Lk. 2:34-35). [1]

As Jesus hung on the Cross, the prophecy of Simeon was fulfilled and Our Lady’s heart was pierced with sorrow. Today, we are asked to contemplate Mary’s role at the foot of the Cross, as she shared with Her Son in His compassion for sinners. As we meditate on her sorrow, may it bring us into the joy that is now available to us through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. [2][3]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Revised Standard Version s.v., “Luke, The Gospel According to.”
[2] Benedict XVI, Homily, September 16, 2008.
[3] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “Feasts of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

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