When we invoke the Blessed Mother under specific titles, she bestows on us particular graces related to that title. As Our Lady of Sorrows, she reveals what is hidden in our hearts (based on Simeon’s prophecy — “so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” from Luke 2: 35). Why is that important? If we want to grow in holiness and deepen our interior journey, we will long to understand our primary defects that have caused us to sin in various ways.
Develop a devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows. Meditate on each mystery by imagining how Our Lady dealt with each situation, then ask her for a portion of her heart and participation of her grace.
As I turned to Our Lady of Sorrows during Lent one year, I thought of what particular grace pertained to each mystery of the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Here are my reflections on each, to guide you in your own burgeoning devotion to her under this title.
The prophecy of Simeon – total abandonment to Divine Providence
Imagine the Blessed Mother happily approaching the Temple with two turtledoves and Jesus in tow, St. Joseph by her side. They were celebrating a happy occasion — the Presentation of the Child Jesus. Yet she was taken aback as Simeon and Anna prophesied about her role in Jesus’ life and death.
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