SIMEON'S PROPHECIES ABOUT MARY
1. The Sword of Sorrow.
To Mary Simeon added this frightening expression: And for Thine own soul also He will have a sword to pierce it.
Thus in prophecy is described the share of sufferings and sorrows which Mary must bear with Her Son. A sword of sorrow will constantly pierce Her heart through and through.
Already on the day of Her annunciation Our Lady, on hearing the proposal of the Archangel, was made to understand the terrible sufferings that would accompany Her dignity of Mother of God. Nevertheless, courageous and generous, She uttered the fiat by which She accepted whatever the Lord would be pleased to send Her. What would She now feel on seeing how soon that fiat was to be accomplished. The sword of sorrow was seen by Her not as something in the vague future, in some far-off distance. No, it was already beginning to pierce Her soul with cruel pain. Accompany that sword into the heart of Mary. Through that same wound enter the most intimate recesses of that Most Pure Heart and try to fathom the intensity of Her tremendous sorrow.
[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]