The month of October is devoted to the Holy Rosary, and it would be opportune to speak of this important prayer, personally taught by the Blessed Virgin, and warmly recommended in all Her apparitions as an effective means for the eternal salvation of souls, and to preserve humanity from punishments.
There are still people that appreciate the Holy Rosary, and they recite it every day with so much fervor, but they are too few. Unfortunately in many families it is not recited anymore in the evening, but they gladly prefer to watch the television. And so the graces and the heavenly blessings don’t come to the families anymore.
In this letter, however, I want to meditate on the Seven Sorrows of the Mother of God:
1 Mary welcomes the prophecy of Simeon: “To You a sword will pierce through your soul.”
2 Mary flees to Egypt with Jesus and Joseph.
3 Mary finds Jesus who had remained in Jerusalem without her permission
4 Mary meets Jesus on the street to Calvary .
5 Mary remains at the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.
6 Mary welcomes into Her arms Jesus’ body from the cross.
7 Mary assists at the burial of Jesus.
1. The first Sorrow of the Blessed Virgin reminds us of the meeting with Simeon who tells her: “A sword will pierce through your soul.” It is as if to have been told: Your life will be all one martyrdom. The Blessed Mother, instead of rejecting this prophecy, she welcomes it in Her heart, bows her head to the will of God, and holds herself hidden without making sign to anyone. How different we are from her! In fact, when we have a pain we go quickly to complain to our friends, and we perhaps also complain about God because He makes us suffer, instead of turning to Him for His help.
2. The Second Sorrow is another painful test for the Sacred Family. At night they have to run away to Egypt. Let’s consider the consequences of this trip: the long journey toward that Nation, that they had to cross without neither food nor drinks, and arriving, after many days, in an unknown country, and no friends to welcomed them. These facts would be enough for us to see how much it cost for Mary’s and St. Joseph’s obedience to the Heavenly Father.
3. The Third sorrow of Mary, remember, is when Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and She found him in the Temple after having looked for him for three days and three nights. We can imagine what she felt in her heart during those days of searching: what anguish and fear not to find him again and again!
4. The Fourth Sorrow, the meeting with Jesus on the street to Calvary. How much pain in seeing him covered with sores, with bloody garments, the crown of thorns on His head, and that He sometimes fell under the cross. How much would she have liked to replace him in carrying the cross, but she didn’t find it possible.
5. And the Fifth sorrow, seeing Her Child crucified. Those hits of the hammer that made the nails enter His hands and feet, were like many swords that pierced through her. Her heart seemed to break, and only the power of Her love would not allow her to die in front of such an infamous death, so abominable, so cruel. It was indeed a long agony.
6. The Sixth Sorrow, Jesus is taken down from the cross and welcomed into the arms of His Mother. Those bloody sores bathe her dress, almost to mean that that blood was received by her, Jesus leaves it to her as thankfulness to have given him life and the possibility to redeem us.
7. And finally the Seventh Sorrow, the culminating moment of Her pains: the Blessed Mother has to be completely detached from the body of Jesus, and to place him in a dark sepulcher. She would have liked to stay with Him, but the law didn’t allow it. So it closed a life devoted to the others, a life of giving, compensated with the coldest ingratitude. Jesus had done good to everybody, but at that time nobody had assisted Him, nobody had given Him help to avoid His death.
Dear friends, let’s also sometimes meditate on the Sorrows of Mary, and think that, if there has been a Mother on earth that has suffered more than everybody, it is really She. When we have some sufferings, let’s unite them to those of Mary and present them to the Lord. Then we will receive greater strength to carry our own cross, and to understand that suffering is a gift of God, and, for the one that knows how to accept it, it will be a source of great glory in Heaven. One day the Blessed Virgin told Mother Providence: “Let people notice the greatness of the pain. In fact, pain makes beautiful the soul, and it preserves man from the fire of the other world.”
I bless you all with great love from my heart.
Padre Luigi Duilio Graziotti