Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows!
"Mary is the motive of trust; whatever moment we are living, in whatever difficulty we find ourselves, we turn to he and say: My Mother, My Confidence!" G. Giaquinta
Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows
Offered for the special intentions of those among our members who are suffering in a particular way and also for the opening of a new Pro Sanctity Center and Bethany in Holland, dedicated to our Lady of the Magnificat!
We also remember our members who celebrate their anniversaries today!
"Behold, your mother"
FIRST MYSTERY: Mary bore a Son. In heaven, he is the Only-begotten of the Father; on earth, likewise, he is the Only-begotten of his Mother... She who is the only Virgin-Mother, she who glories in having borne the Only-begotten of the Father, embraces that same Only-begotten of hers in all his members and so can be truly called Mother of all in whom she recognizes her Christ to have been formed, or in whom she knows he is being formed.
SECOND MYSTERY: Eve handed on to her children an inheritance of certain death rather than the beginning of light. She is indeed called the mother of all the living, (Gen 3,20) but... as she was incapable of fulfilling the vocation of her title, Mary consummated the mystery.
THIRD MYSTERY: Mary herself, like the Church of which she is the type, is a mother of all who are reborn to life. She is, in fact, the mother of the Life by which everyone lives, and when she brought it forth from herself, she in some way brought to rebirth all those who were to live by that Life...
FOURTH MYSTERY: Thus the blessed Mother of Christ, knowing that she is the mother of all Christians by reason of this mystery, shows herself a mother by her care and loving attention.
FIFITH MYSTERY: For Mary’s heart is not hardened against these children as if they were not her own; her womb carried a child once only, yet it remains ever fruitful, never ceasing to bring forth the fruits of her motherly compassion. «The blessed Fruit of your womb» (Lk 1,42), O holy Mother, left you pregnant with inexhaustible tenderness. He was born of you once and for all, yet he remains in you always.
Mediations are from Blessed Guerric of Igny (c.1080-1157), Cistercian abbot 1st. Sermon for the Assumption ; PL 185A,187 (©1971 Cistercian Publications)