Today the Church commemorates the memorial of Our Lady Of Sorrows. Many of you are suffering from a variety of different afflictions. Illness, loneliness, unemployment, depression, grief over the loss of a loved one, etc. On this day we remember that even the Mother of God was not immune from suffering. In fact, most of her life was marked by suffering – most notably her presence at the foot of the Cross when she watched her Son suffer and die for the salvation of mankind.
I think it’s important to remember that, with the exception of those who end up in hell, all suffering will pass one day…either in this life or the next. Even though it may be very difficult, the value of accepting and offering up our suffering can’t be underestimated. Often Our Lord allows us to experience various trials in order to bring us closer to Him. Don’t miss the opportunity to unite your suffering with His.
Our Blessed Mother knows what it’s like to suffer. Never forget to ask for her intercession as you struggle with the crosses in your life. She will be there for you, just as she was for the bride and groom in Cana … and just as she was for Jesus at the foot of the Cross.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.