(Luk 2:34-35) And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel and for a sign which shall be contradicted. And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.
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FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS: The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
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VIA Our Lady of the Rosary Library: A SOURCE OF GRACE AND CONSOLATION FOR ALL CHRISTIANS (from the booklet "Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother")
Devotion to the sorrows of Mary is a source of great graces because it is so pleasing to our Divine Lord. Many holy writers say that through her sufferings Mary placed an obligation, as it were upon her Son, which constrains Him to grant her whatever she asks of Him. As soon as we sympathize with the sorrows of His Mother, we draw our Saviour to ourselves. "He is," says St. Bernard, "at the disposal of those who devoutly meditate on the sufferings of His Mother."
There are, indeed, few devotions for which our Saviour has made greater promises that for this one, and there are few that are more pleasing to Him.
THE COMFORTER OF THE AFFLICTED
Through her martyrdom, Mary has become in a special way the comforter of the afflicted. It was by her own experience of sorrow that she was taught the sympathy which enables her to comfort her children in all their afflictions. God gave her a mighty and a sympathetic heart for this great task.
For all God's children, the way to Heaven leads across the mount of Calvary -- the way of trial and suffering. In the company of our Sorrowful Mother, we walk more easily, fight more courageously, and suffer more patiently, perseveringly and joyfully; for she holds up before us not only the example of the sufferings and death of her Divine Son, but also the victory, the joy and the glory which He has won through His sufferings.
How often do we grow impatient, fainthearted, despondent and inconstant in suffering . . . how often without endurance, without resignation, full of complaints and murmurings! Oh, let us deeply engrave in our hearts the sorrows of Mary! May she, our Sorrowful Mother, ever be our model in suffering, in the patient endurance of trials, and in the humble acceptance of sorrows and afflictions. When the hand of God lays a heavy cross upon our shoulders, let us turn to Mary Sorrowing, and we shall obtain consolation and strength to carry the cross patiently and meritoriously.
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53. He also said, 'Evil cannot drive out evil. If anyone hurts you, do good to him and your good will destroy his evil.'
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