Wednesday, March 05, 2008

[MaryVitamin] Stations of the Cross with Mary VIII

Mary Vitamin for March 5th

Topic: The Eighth Station – Jesus Meets the Sorrowing Women

Father Faber
"The absence of the apostles was a keen aggravation of Mary's sorrow."
Father Faber,  At the Foot of the Cross, (Tan Books: 1978), 217.

The sorrowing, faithful women and St. John the Evangelist were there but where were the rest of the chosen Twelve?
"[The absence of the apostles] was a triple wound to her. It wounded her in her love of Jesus. She knew how deep the wound was which it made in His Sacred Heart. She saw how, far beyond the cruel scourging and the barbarous coronation, Her beloved was tormented by this cruel abandonment of Him by those whom He had loved beyond the rest of men. She could go near to fathoming the anguish which this was causing Him. Moreover, her own love of Him underwent a cruel martyrdom in seeing Him thus deserted, and by those whose very office should have taken them to Calvary, who should have been witnesses of His Crucifixion as well as of His Resurrection."
Father Faber,  At the Foot of the Cross, (Tan Books: 1978), 217.
Today, when I pass the crucifix, I will spiritually place myself in the company of Our Lady and pray for perseverance.

Marian Vow:
St.  John Damascene
"Having confidence in you, O Mother of God, I shall be saved. Being under your protection, I shall fear nothing. With your help I shall give battle to my enemies and put them to flight; for devotion to you is an arm of salvation."
Francis Johnston, Voices of the Saints, (Tan Books) 141.

I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.