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September 15, 2017

Our Lady of Sorrows

Jn 19: 25-27

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Blessed are they who sorrow

Sorrow is a tricky topic. Too much attention to sorrow seems to lead to a gloominess, yet avoiding real sorrow when it arises isn’t helpful either. Today’s liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows helps us to recall that living a life of Christian love will include sadness, and that this sadness, though no easier for it, can be part of our sharing in Christ’s redemptive work. Sorting out how to respond to sorrow and loss is not easy and is best done with the help of others, but let Mary’s experience be an assurance that God is with us even in sadness. “Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

—Timothy E. Kieras, SJ, is a member of USA Central and Southern Province doing special studies in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Prayer

Blest are they, the poor in spirit,
theirs is the kingdom of God.
Blest are they, full of sorrow,
they shall be consoled.

Rejoice and be glad!
Blessed are you, holy are you!
Rejoice and be glad!
Yours is the kingdom of God!

—Excerpt of Blest Are They, © David Haas, GIA Publications

 

 

 


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September 15, 2017

Our Lady of Sorrows

Jn 19: 25-27

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Blessed are they who sorrow

Sorrow is a tricky topic. Too much attention to sorrow seems to lead to a gloominess, yet avoiding real sorrow when it arises isn’t helpful either. Today’s liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows helps us to recall that living a life of Christian love will include sadness, and that this sadness, though no easier for it, can be part of our sharing in Christ’s redemptive work. Sorting out how to respond to sorrow and loss is not easy and is best done with the help of others, but let Mary’s experience be an assurance that God is with us even in sadness. “Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

—Timothy E. Kieras, SJ, is a member of USA Central and Southern Province doing special studies in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Prayer

Blest are they, the poor in spirit,
theirs is the kingdom of God.
Blest are they, full of sorrow,
they shall be consoled.

Rejoice and be glad!
Blessed are you, holy are you!
Rejoice and be glad!
Yours is the kingdom of God!

—Excerpt of Blest Are They, © David Haas, GIA Publications

 

 

 

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