2. Deep Sorrow.
Consider that this pain was more intense in as much as it had been foreseen. If God had hidden the sword and the sorrow from Mary and had let it come unexpectedly at the very moment of Calvary, she would at least have spent thirty three years in relative tranquility enjoying without fear the presence of Her Son. But God wanted Mary to imitate Her Son also in this.
Jesus had not only to suffer on the Cross. The redemption was started in Bethlehem. And therefore from the Crib to the Cross there passed no moment without suffering. Such was also to be the case with Mary. Thus the sword of sorrow pierced Her heart this very day. At no moment of Her life will the sword be withdrawn.
As the sins of men were to be an endless chain, is there any wonder, then, that the sufferings of Jesus and Mary should also be constant and unbroken? Think often of this: they never stop suffering because men never stop sinning.
[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]