Our Lady of Sorrows
Today we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Our Lady stood faithfullly by the cross of her Son, close to him to the last as today's Sequence, the Stabat Mater, sings. Mary at the foot of the Cross is a truly poignant image of a mother's love for her Son. It is a truly moving image of a disciple's fidelity to the Lord as well.
Like Mary, we are also called to take up the Cross of Jesus and to follow him in total obedience to the Father. Mary's obedience in her Fiat of faith finds fulfillment by becoming united with the obedience of Jesus who was obedient to the Father even unto death. Sorrow and suffering then becomes salvific, when offered as a sacrifice of love that is pleasing to God.
And so we pray to our Mother as we remember the sorrows that she bore out of love for Jesus, for the strength to follow Jesus faithfully especially when it is most difficult.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!