A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Monday 15 September

Our lady of sorrows

Hebrews 5: 7-9; Psalm 31; Luke 2: 33-35

Seven Swords?

The devotion to Our Lady’s seven sorrows had its beginning in the Servite Order, founded in the 13th century. Why seven sorrows? Surely Mary’s whole life up until Our Lord’s Resurrection was marked by deep interior pain. As the daughter of devout parents, there is every reason to believe that Our Lady grew up familiar with the prophecies about a suffering Saviour. If he were to suffer so too would his mother as no other person ever. Sorrowful Mother, teach us how to deal with the miseries that come our way.

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