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What greater tribulation than that a new-born child, hanging from its mother’s breast, and she too in poverty, should with Him be forced to fly? In proof of this, let us see, in the following example, how greatly devotion to the dolours of Mary aids in obtaining eternal salvation.
Views Read Edit View history. You already understand of whom I speak. This is the fourth sword of sorrow which we have this day to consider. Meditations for Various Feasts of Mary. Ah, had any one met these three greatest personages in the world, for whom could he have taken them but for three poor wandering beggars. There are some who assert, and not without reason, that this dolour was not only one of the greatest, but the greatest and most painful of all.
Who, however, can measure its greatness? Knowest thou not that He is in thy heart? He who is born blind feels but little the privation of the light of day; but he who has once enjoyed it, and loses it by becoming blind, indeed suffers much. Now, Cornelius a Lapide says, “that to understand the greatness of Mary’s grief at the death of her Son, we must understand the greatness of the love she bore Him. His mouth was open, His eyes were dim; she then examined his mangled flesh and uncovered bones; she took off the crown, and saw the sad injuries which the thorns had inflicted on that sacred head; she saw the holes in His hands and feet, and thus addressed Him: Therefore we know that by the merits of her dolours she cooperated in our birth to the life of grace; and hence we are the children of her sorrows.
Part II Discourse 7. Bridget, “I heard some say that my Son was a thief; others, that He was an impostor; others, that no one deserved death more than He did; and every word was a new sword of grief to my heart. Saint Bernardine says, that to form an idea of the greatness of Mary’s grief in losing her Jesus by death, we must consider the love that this Mother bore to her Son. Jesus again told the Saint to desire the confessor to return.
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Prayer Ah, my Blessed Mother, it is not one sword only with which I have pierced thy heart, but I have done so with as many as are the sins which I have committed. He did so; and on this third occasion told the sick man the revelation made to the Saint, and that he had returned so many times because our Lord, who wished to show him mercy, had so ordered. Therefore, my daughter, though I am forgotten by many, at least do thou not forget me; consider my anguish, and imitate, as far as thou canst, my grief.
On the one hand she desired to behold Him, and on the other she dreaded so heart-rending a sight. His head had fallen on His breast, His hair was black with blood, His stomach collapsed, His arms and legs stiff, and His whole body covered with wounds and blood. Saint Anselm believes that compassion for the Mother softened the heart of Pilate, and moved him to grant her the body of the Saviour. It was as much greater as the Son of Mary was more lovely than the son of Abraham.
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But since there never has been in the world a love like unto Mary’s love, how can any sorrow be found like unto Mary’s sorrow?
Then one supported the upper part of the body of Jesus, and the other the lower, and thus descended it from the cross. He was all fair and beautiful; but now there is no more beauty in Him; He is all disfigured. Nay, rather, thou art on the cross, crucified, sacrificing thyself with thy Son.
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Some persons, that they may lessen a mother’s grief, remind her of the displeasure at one time caused by her departed child. When, behold, the compassionate Mother seeing her poor son in such anguish, appeared to him, saying: O most sacred Virgin, after thou hast given thy Son to the world, with so great love, for our salvation, behold the world now restores Him to thee; but, O God, in what state dost thou receive Him? This was precisely revealed by the angel to Saint Bridget, saying: Wherefore the graces promised by Jesus to those who are devoted to the dolours of Mary are very great.
My daughter, pray for them, that they may be converted. And why not in Jesus, who, although He has ascended to heaven, is still pleased to remain on earth, not dead indeed, but living in the most holy sacrament of the altar, precisely that our hearts may be with Him, and that He may possess them?
Blessed Jerome Emilian, when a soldier, and loaded with sins, was shut up by his enemies in a tower. The Mother would have embraced Him, as Saint Anselm says, but the guards thrust her aside with insults, and urged forward the suffering Lord; and Mary followed Him.
These sorrows, I trust, will give me the confidence and strength which I shall require at the hour of death, that I may not despair at the sight of the many sins by which I have offended my Lord. Death came, and the devil then tormented him more than ever with scruples, and tempted him to despair.
Thou wast my father” continues Bernardine de Bustis, in Mary’s name”Thou wast my brother, my spouse, my delight, my glory; Thou wast my alpyonsus. Then it was that the angel appeared in a dream to Saint Joseph, and desired him to “Arise, and take the Child and His Mother, lkguori fly into Egypt. Blessed Veronica da Binasco, an Augustinian nun, was carried in spirit to accompany Mary with the Infant Jesus on their alphonshs into Egypt; and after it the Divine Mother said, “Daughter, thou hast seen with how much difficulty we have reached this country; now learn that no one receives graces without suffering.
So that the afflicted Mother saw her Jesus suffering on every side; she desired to comfort Him, but could not.
Lawrence writes, “the more tenderly this Mother loved, so much the more deeply was she wounded.
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O world, said Mary, how dost thou return Him to me? If we can make no other return for so much love, at least let us give a few moments this day to consider the greatness of the sufferings by which Mary became the Queen of martyrs; for the sufferings of her great martyrdom exceeded those of all the martyrs; being, in the first place, the longest in point of duration; and, in liguiri second place, the greatest in point of intensity.
Augustine observes, that “if they lose an ox, they do not fail to go in search of it; if they lose a sheep, they use all diligence to find it; if they lose a beast of burden, they cannot rest; but when they lose their God, who is the supreme good, they eat, drink, and repose.
Luguori next morning, going as usual to visit the image, he perceived that there were no longer only seven, but eight swords in luguori heart of Mary.
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