Seven Sorrows of Our Sorrowful Mother

Reflections and Prayers for the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary



Why is Our Lady so Sorrowful? She is a Mother and She continues to weep because so many do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Her Divine Son. Wouldn't you weep too?

compiled by Michael Cain, editor, Daily Catholic


       Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my childlike love into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which thy Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, sufferings, and afflictions which it shall please Our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows so that every thought of my mind and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. Dearest Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy Divine Son Jesus. Keep me ever in His grace, and assist me in my last agony, so that I may meet thee in Heaven together with thy loving Son.

    Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows, Treasury of Novenas, Catholic Book Publishing Co.


    It is so fitting that the Double of the Second Class Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Immaculate Heart immediately follows the Double Major Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross as we reflect on those seven swords that pierced Blessed Virgin Mary's loving Heart who felt what her divine Son Jesus Christ felt and suffered. We cannot help but realize the immensity of pain and sorrow our Blessed Mother endured, for love of all mankind. What are the significance of the Seven Sorrows? Let us examine each from September 9 leading up to her feast day on September 15. Below each meditation are special prayers for each day.

1. The Prophecy of Simeon

    Mary took the infant Jesus to the temple, according to the law of Moses, presenting Him for the circumcision of all male Jews, as well as for her own purification according to the law, even though she was and remained always inviolate. While in the temple, Simeon approached the Holy Family. He beheld the infant and knew, through the Holy Ghost, that this was truly the fulfillment of God's covenant with His people. And he uttered the words of the Canticle of Simeon, which Holy Mother Church prays every night in Compline, "Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in peace; because my eyes have seen Thy salvation, "

    Then, after praising God for the Messiah, Simeon turns to Mary, so modest, so humble, and prophesies to her in these words, which must have started her deep contemplation of the Son of God: "Behold this Child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; and thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed. " (Luke 2: 34).

    Her sorrows were soon to begin. And in the beginning she had the comfort and support of her beloved chaste spouse Saint Joseph, to help her bear the burdens. Simeon's prophecy was the first of her sorrows, for keeping these things silently in her heart, she pondered upon them, receiving enlightenment from her Heavenly Spouse the Holy Ghost, while leaning on the humanly comfort of Joseph, laying his hand gently and reassuringly upon her shoulder and telling her in the most loving, chaste way: "We will face this together." It was Joseph who had to gather Mary and the Child Jesus in the dead of the night, to tell them that an angel had awakened him and told him they must flee to Egypt, because Herod sought the life of the Child. Remember, Joseph would recognize the angel as from God for the same angel appeared to him to assure him Mary "had not known man."

      Meditation and Prayer for the First Sorrow that pierced Mary's Immaculate Heart

         Sorrow as sharp as a sword shall pierce Mary's heart because of her Child. Mary is in the Temple, having come with Joseph to present the Child to God. They meet Simeon, the holy man, and Anna, the prophetess. Simeon takes the Baby in his arms, saying he will now die in peace because he has seen Christ, then he foretells the sorrow to come.

        V: O God, come to my assistance;
        R: O Lord, make haste to help me
        V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
        R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

         I grieve for thee, O Mary, most sorrowful, in the affliction of thy tender heart at the prophecy of the holy and aged Simeon. Dear Mother, by thy heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of humility and the gift of the holy fear of God.

      Hail Mary

2. The Flight into Egypt

    Flee into a totally pagan country? To the very land out of which Almighty God had brought the nation of Israel after a long captivity? But Mary did not complain. She did not grump. She did not ask Joseph if he was sure it was an angel that had told him to flee. Mary trusted totally in God, and knew God worked in her husband in this manner. She respected the hierarchical structure of the family as God so deigned. Together they fled to Egypt confident God would protect them, not knowing how long they would be there in this foreign land which must have seemed endless months, until the angel once again came to Joseph and told him it was now safe to return to Nazareth, for Herod was dead. Joyous news to be sure, but news that meant another long journey with little or no provisions, trusting only on the providence of God to see them safely back in the land of Israel, to their home town of Nazareth.

    There they more than likely were met with disbelief, even ridicule and scorn by those who were not friends or kin, because they had been gone so long. But they were willing to face whatever hardships if it were God's will and so did as He asked, trekking the dangerous way back where they picked up where they left off a few years earlier. They did so in a loving, gentle, humble manner, fulfilling all their duties and obligations in accordance with Jewish law.

      Meditation and Prayer for the Second Sorrow that pierced Mary's Immaculate Heart

         Soon the sword of sorrow strikes. Herod the King seeks to kill the Child. Warned in sleep by an angel, Joseph takes Jesus and His Mother Mary, setting out for Egypt, where they lived in obscurity and poverty until it was safe to return to Nazareth.

        V: O God, come to my assistance;
        R: O Lord, make haste to help me
        V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
        R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

         I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in the anguish of thy most affectionate heart during the flight into Egypt and thy sojourn there. Dear Mother, by thy heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of generosity, especially toward the poor, and the gift of piety.

      Hail Mary

3. The Search for Child Jesus

    When Jesus was twelve, they journeyed to Jerusalem to have Jesus presented in the Temple again. But this was also another sorrow for our Blessed Mother. We cannot conceive of the most tender love, pure love, which Mary possessed in her heart for Jesus, the Son of God. Her pure heart sought only the Will of God, so Her consternation must have been great when she realized, with Joseph, that young Jesus was not in the caravan which was returning to Nazareth. With what haste must they have turned around, frantically returning to Jerusalem. It would be comparable for someone from a tiny rural town today to have their child lost in the midst of a city like Lost Angeles, Chicago, or New York, to name a few metropolises. Where do you look? To whom do you go? What do you say? They searched everywhere for Jesus, the Son of God, and couldn't find Him. Imagine what many of the people might have remarked. "How could you be so negligent as to lose your son? Serves you right for being neglectful. You'll probably never find him now. It's the way of life here in Jerusalem. He could have been sold by now. Better go back home and count Him as gone, because you're not going to find Him." Or, "sorry, but we don't know and we can't help you. We've got our own problems, if you don't mind."

    Sound familiar? We may say the same things today, to many who seek our help. "Don't bother me, I've got enough to worry about without your troubles on my mind." Aren't we glad Our Lady doesn't treat us that way when we ask her intercession? She could have then and few would have been upset with a mother fearing the worst. But Mary and Joseph didn't give up. They trusted...and their faith was rewarded after three grueling days of searching. Note here the three days as a precursor of the time Jesus would lie in the tomb after His Death on the Cross before His glorious Resurrection.

    We can visualize Joseph and Mary entering the temple area. They were people of deep faith, of deep prayer. The temple was the House of God, and they sought to beseech God to help them in their search. Through trusting in the Holy Ghost, they found Him. Imagine their wonder at finding Jesus in the temple, surrounded by the scribes and elders of the Jewish people. These people were asking this Boy of twelve questions concerning Sacred Scripture, and the Boy was answering with a wisdom that astounded these learned men. Jesus didn't look a bit concerned that He was busy teaching the leaders of the temple. Perhaps He didn't notice His Mother and St. Joseph at once. Did Mary and Joseph have to wedge their way through the throng of people surrounding Jesus, as Mary would have to do many years later when Her Divine Son was being taken to Calvary to die for the sins of all mankind? A mixture of joy, relief, thanksgiving to Almighty God, and yes even a bit of angxt and righteous anger must have flooded their souls to have found the Son of God safe and sound, teaching in the temple. But when Mary, ever so gentle, asked Her Divine Son, "Why hast Thou done so to us? Did Thee not knoweth we were searching for Thee?" Jesus responded, "Didst thou not know that I must be about My Father's business?"

    In that one statement Christ was announcing, though subtly to all the nation, that soon He would begin the real work for which His Father had sent Him, to bring the new law of Love, to radically alter the old law of Moses, bringing it to fulfillment in ending the Old and beginning the New. Mary understood what her Son meant, though Sacred Scripture does not say this outright, only that she kept all these things in her heart and pondered upon them. This only points out all the more the virtue Mary possessed of silence. Her Son was the Messiah, the Only-Begotten Son of God and she knew from the moment of the Archangel Gabriel announcement to her that she was chosen as the Tabernacle to carry the Living God, to be the instrument by which "the Word was made flesh." She knew interiorly that He was destined to lead a life of great sorrow in great poverty, before He was to rise from the dead as a sign to all the world that He had triumphed over sin and death.

    Having made this statement to His Mother, Jesus calmly took the hands of Joseph and Mary, and returned with them to Nazareth, where He remained obedient to them in every way. Then Holy Writ falls silent upon the life of Jesus after this, and does not pick up again until He is thirty years of age and embarks upon His public ministry. By this time we know from the Gospels that His beloved foster-father, His protector and earthly teacher, St. Joseph is dead. Mary is a widow, and now she must face the fulfillment of Simeon's prophecy without the physical presence of her earthly guardian. And the sorrows yet to come for her were unprecedented in the history of mankind until that time, and will remain so until the Heavenly Father commands: "Time is no more."

      Meditation and Prayer for the Third Sorrow that pierced Mary's Immaculate Heart

         When Jesus is twelve, He is taken to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. On the return journey Joseph and Mary find at the end of the first day that Jesus is not with them. Racked with anxiety, they search for Him. Nobody in the streets, not even the beggars, can tell them where He is. Not till the third day do they find Him, in the Temple.

        V: O God, come to my assistance;
        R: O Lord, make haste to help me
        V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
        R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

          I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in those anxieties which tried thy troubled heart at the lost of thy dear Jesus. Dear Mother, by thy heart so full of anguish, obtain for me the virtue of chastity and the gift of knowledge.

      Hail Mary

4. The Meeting with Her Divine Son on the Via Dolorosa

    The fourth Dolor also coincides with the Fourth Station of the Cross as we transfer from Our Lord's childhood to His adult years and those things she pondered in her heart had to come gushing forth as she wept when she heard her divine Son had been arrested and, through the Sanhedrin's kangaroo court, so quickly condemned through the political manipulation of Caiphas and the spineless Pontius Pilate. Rather than hiding as the Apostles did, she faced His Passion with strength and stood there on the Via Dolorosa waiting for Him as the entourage of Roman soldiers and frenzied Jews surrounding this tortured Man Who lugged the heavy wood that would be His execution tree.

    As He trundled into her view on the rugged pebbled way, she knew that to fulfill Her role as Mother of God, Mediatrix of all Graces and Co-Redemptrix of the world, Mary, with a pure and tender heart that loved as Her Son loved, bravely but sorrowfully met her Divine Son on His way to Calvary. Never was this more brilliantly illustrated than in Mel Gibson's masterful The Passion of The Christ where the sorrows were buoyed by little joys of remembrance of His childhood to keep her going. The Man she beheld through her own tears was not the beautiful baby born in Bethlehem, nor the Boy-grown-to-manhood Whom she had raised. This Man, her Son, was beaten, battered, scourged, and denounced by all the rabble gathered in Jerusalem stirred into a frenzy by the Scribes, Pharisees and Romans. She faced their scorn, and the might, power and wrath of the pagan, ruthless Roman soldiers just to let Jesus know that she was there, and would be with Him throughout His Passion.

    Today she asks us to also be with Him, not on the Via Dolorosa but at the re-enactment of His ultimate sacrifice carried out in every true Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - the Apostolic canonical Traditional Latin Mass where we have the opportunity, nay the blessing, to adore Him, to thank God, to appease His Justiced provoked by so many sin and to make satisfaction for them by atonement, and to petition Him by imploring grace and mercy for ourselves and other poor sinners as well as the holy souls in Purgatory. That is why, in the Fifth Sword that pierced Mary's heart, Christ gave her to His Church in the person of St. John the Evangelist, and through Him to care, love and obey His Mother.

      Meditation and Prayer for the Fourth Sorrow that pierced Mary's Immaculate Heart

          Mary has known fear and sorrow, but none so great as seeing her beloved Son stumbling under the weight of the Cross. She hears the jeering shouts from the crowd and has no power to help Him. Pity and love are in her eyes as she gazes at His blood-stained face. To many around her He is no better than a criminal, and her heart is breaking as she follows Him to Calvary or Golgotha.

        V: O God, come to my assistance;
        R: O Lord, make haste to help me
        V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
        R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

         I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in the consternation of thy heart at meeting Jesus as He carried His cross. Dear Mother, by thy heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of patience and the gift of fortitude.

      Hail Mary

5. Standing at the Foot of the Cross at the Crucifixion

    The Fifth Sword that so pierced Mary's Immaculate Heart had to be the cruelest for there she stood on Calvary with Saint John and the other holy women, specifically Saint Mary Magdalen, at the foot of Her Son's rugged Cross, and waited with Him through three long hours of bitterest agony, while He slowly died of a broken heart over the many souls who would reject Him, and reject salvation. His physical agony was very real. His death was very real, but the pain both He and His Mother bore was was a very spiritual pain as well, for both knew that they must never waver in their absolute obedience to God's Will.

    Jesus gave us His Mother while He hung in bitterest agony on the Cross. He knew that we, weak and fallible, need a Mother's tender care to help us through the terrible sufferings of our exile here on earth. Mary is ever ready to help us to bear our crosses for love of Her Divine Son. She is our intercessor before Christ Who cannot refuse His Own Mother. That is why she is affectionately known as the "Catholic Shortcut." While she is the Intercessor, Christ is the Mediator between man and the Almighty Father.

    Jesus Christ did give us His Last Will and Testament from the Cross. He gave us His Mother. He entrusted us to her care and His Church to her care. If He, Who is God, did this, then there is much more for us to ponder as we pray for a deeper devotion to Mary to help us in these critical times for it was also the Will and Testament of Our Lord that we love Mary as He loved her. If we are to imitate Christ, do we then not owe her the honor and respect which Christ gave to His Own Mother, and which He passed on to us as He was shedding the very last drops of His Precious Blood on the Cross. He passed on this love and care to us through the person of St. John His beloved Disciple - the only Apostle who persevered to the end and the only Apostle not to die from martyrdom.

    It is interesting here that though Christ had already established His Church, His Vicar on earth was missing in action, but John was there and so was Our Lady - both to represent Holy Mother Church. Thus, in these times, the Angels, Blessed Mary, John, all the Apostles, Saints and holy Pontiffs in Heaven are still with His Church - fragmented and beaten though She is today, beyond recognition just as He was as He hung upon the gibbet, uttering His Last Seven Words to complement the Seven Sorrows.

      Meditation and Prayer for the Fifth Sorrow that pierced Mary's Immaculate Heart

         With John, Mary stands at the foot of the Cross. "A sword shall pierce thy soul," Simeon told her. Truly her heart is pierced with sorrow. Her beloved Son is dying and she shares in His suffering. She does not ask God to take away this agony. She is His Mother, so close to Him that His pain is hers, too. And now He speaks from the Cross: "Woman, behold thy son." Jesus give His Mother to John, and to us. For all eternity she is our Mother.

        V: O God, come to my assistance;
        R: O Lord, make haste to help me
        V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
        R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

         I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in the martyrdom which thy generous heart endured in standing near Jesus in His agony. Dear Mother, by thine afflicted heart, obtain for me the virtue of temperance and the gift of counsel.

      Hail Mary

6. Taking Christ down from the Cross and being laid in Mary's Arms

    The Sixth Sword that pierced Mary's heart is forever etched in the famed statuary The Pieta. Before capturing that moment, the Mother of God stood weeping at the foot of Her Son's Cross, and watched as He breathed forth His last agonizing breath, and gave up His soul to His Almighty Father. She watched as the soldier thrust a lance through His side, piercing His Most Sacred and Merciful Heart. She winced in physical pain for Her Son could no longer feel pain. He was dead. Thus the full physical pain mystically transferred to her who bore the brunt for the sake of souls around her and those to come in all future generations. She watched as the nails were pulled and yanked from His gnarled hands and brittle wrists, now smaller than her own, and His bloody, blackened and mud-caked feet. It must have seemed like an eternity as the lifeless body was lowered to the ground where Mary sat, waiting to cradle the dead body of her Divine Son. Can we possibly imagine the pain? Can we possibly imagine how she felt at that moment? Michelangelo Buonorotti captured it best in his stunning, world-renowned inspired sculpture of The Pieta residing today behind glass to the right of the entrance into St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Even more, can we understand that throughout everything Mary bore all her sufferings bravely, many times in silence or alone, never wavering in her total obedience and fiat she had promised God at the Annunciation.

      Meditation and Prayer for the Sixth Sorrow that pierced Mary's Immaculate Heart

         It is consummated. Dark clouds have appeared in the sky and upon the world. Jesus is dead. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus take down the Body from the Cross. and Mary receives It in her arms. She is filled with a sadness that no human heart has known. This is her Son. Once she had cradled Him in her arms. listened to His voice, watched Him working at the carpenter's bench. Now He is dead. She does not weep, her grief is too great for tears.

        V: O God, come to my assistance;
        R: O Lord, make haste to help me
        V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
        R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

         I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, in the wounding of thy compassionate heart, when the side of Jesus was struck by the lance before His Body was removed from the cross. Dear Mother, by thy heart thus transfixed, obtain for me the virtue of fraternal charity and the gift of understanding.

      Hail Mary

7. The Burial of her divine Son

    Then came the moment that meant for the Mother of God a physical separation from Her Divine Son as His body was hastily, but reverently placed in the tomb, and with the help of the holy women and St. John, she returned to the House of the Last Supper, to wait and watch in prayerful supplication to the Father, for the moment of her Divine Son's Resurrection from the Dead. The apostles were dispersed, devastated by the events of that past week when their emotions ebbed and flowed and fear took over. Mary, alone, had to remain steadfast in her faith. She could not and would not waver in her faith even for a moment in total belief that God had a plan and that Jesus would rise as Scripture foretold, giving to the world a triumph over death and sin, which was the fulfillment of the Father's covenant with mankind.

    All around her was a sorrow that was totally human. Her sorrow was totally human, too; but with a different slant. Mary was so committed to the Will of God, that she was able to charitably abide the talk of the apostles and some of the women who believed that Jesus was truly gone forever...and all was lost to them. They mourned then...perhaps not so much for Jesus and Mary, as for themselves. But Mary understood, because she was human. Yet she was able to pray through her deepest sorrow in trust with the Father. Not because she was the Mother of God was Mary able to bear these sorrows so valiantly; rather by pondering in her heart the many things that were prophesied to her in her lifetime. Mary saw things not from a mere human viewpoint, but from the infused viewpoint of God. By the grace of the Holy Ghost, Mary was able to make God's viewpoint - His Will - Her own. Thus she suffered as no mother has ever suffered, or will ever suffer in this world. In fact, if all the sorrows of every mother that has ever been or will ever be were joined together, they could not equal the sorrow which the Blessed Mother endured on our behalf. For She is truly the Mother of God, and our Mother, too. Were it not for Our Lady, many of the apostles could very well have followed the same course as Judas Iscariot. Gibson captured this so beautifully with Peter who literally ran into Blessed Mary as he was fleeing. She is the Queen of the Apostles for a reason.

      Meditation and Prayer for the Seventh Sorrow that pierced Mary's Immaculate Heart

         Hastily the Body is wrapped in a clean linen cloth. Nicodemus has brought myrrh and aloes, and the Body is bound in the Shroud with them. Nearby is a new tomb, belonging to Joseph of Arimathea, and there they lay Jesus. Mary and John and the holy women follow them and watch as the great stone to the sepulchre is rolled. it is the end.

        V: O God, come to my assistance;
        R: O Lord, make haste to help me
        V: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
        R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

         I grieve for thee, O Mary most sorrowful, for the pangs that wrenched thy most loving heart at the burial of Jesus. Dear Mother, by thy heart sunk in the bitterness of desolation, obtain for me the virtue of diligence and the gift of wisdom.

      Hail Mary

Only by Willingly Sharing Her Sorrows Can We Be Joyful

    If we are going to remain steadfast in upholding and preserving the True Faith in these times of chastisement, if we are going to bear persecution of every type for the love of Jesus, a deep devotion to the Sorrows of Mary is vital to us, because this devotion leads us deeper into the very Heart of Christ. It is a Heart tender, merciful, and filled with compassion for all mankind. If we are going to learn to have absolute trust in God, then we must look at and to Mary as a first-rate exemplar example of the kind of trust we must have. She was fully human. Freedom from sin did not mean that She was free from temptation. It meant that by uniting Her will to God's Will, She was able to overcome all the onslaughts of the devil, and to rise above them, and remain steadfast in her role as Mother of God, Mother and Queen of Heaven and earth.

    Mary never gets in the way of Her Divine Son. She never oversteps Her role in God's Perfect Plan of Salvation. Rather, it is Mary who acts as a sure guide, leading us directly into His Most Sacred and Merciful Heart. This is ever our true Refuge for it beats in unison with what His infallible, perennial Living Magisterium teaches and has taught for nearly 2000 years. His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church is the Refuge we must seek and belong if we are going to remain faithful children of God, Sons of Mary, and loyal to His One True Church.

    This life on earth is truly a life of sorrows - a "valley of tears" - for any who are truly striving to be one with the Divine Will. God did not promise us a life of ease, of joys and ecstasies. Rather, by the birth, life and death of Christ, He showed us that the path to Heaven is the Way of the Cross. We are not yet to the Glory of Heaven, reflected in the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. We are in the midst of the Sorrowful Mysteries. Most of us are just reaching Calvary. Some have reached the summit of Golgotha, and are undergoing their crucifixion as they strive daily to fulfill the Divine Will. So many friends who were with them in their Novus Ordo days have abandoned them, but not Jesus and Mary or John. Others are on the road to Calvary, still struggling with unshackling the demons of the New Order and embracing fully the rewarding cross of uncompromising Traditional Catholicism. But whether we're at the summit or on the path, the Mother of Sorrows is ever there to take us by the hand, and to comfort and console us as only a loving Mother is able to do, as she wished to do for Her own Divine Son, and could not do because it was not God's Will that she be close to Him until He was crucified. Then, by her physical presence and her constant prayer, she supported Jesus in His Passion, and held Him after His mortal death, and waited in patience and love as well in sorrow so human, until that glorious moment on Easter morn.

    No matter the setbacks we have in this life, no matter how many things are done to thwart the Will of God, we have to have that total trust that His Will shall be accomplished in all things, in His time, not ours, and that we are only to trust and go forward despite all difficulties, for He will aid us by His grace, by His Infinite Merits poured out for us at every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass worthily assisted at, and every worthy reception of the Blessed Sacrament as well as every meeting with Christ at the Font of Divine Mercy - the Confessional where we, who have fallen, are given the grace of absolution and resolve, to get back up and continue our Heaven-bound trek, though narrow and rough the way. He is truly there with us at every step and so is His Blessed Mother, the Mother of Sorrows, to gently, lovingly guide us to Him, Who is the very life of our souls.

    This is manifested in her Apparitions and Messages over the centuries from Pilar to Fatima Our Lady has manifested what we need to work on, to watch out for, etc. Is She not just being a good Mother? What Mother would not warn her children, reprimand them out of love? She conveys to Her children everywhere that we are still lukewarm, and more often than not far from God because we are drawn into the lure of the world, the flesh and the devil, listening to satan and his lies rather than to the Holy Ghost in our souls. And when we listen to the evil one, consciously or subconsciously, we are alone, for Mary cannot help us if we turn our back on Her and Her Divine Son. Free will does that. That is why She has constantly encouraged us in every Church-approved vision that we need to be abandoned to the Will of God.

    We have to prove to God that we're sincere enough to back up our resolutions to stick it out to the very end. Perseverance involves perspiration. It's hard work. We need to continue to invoke Our Lady to intercede for us and for others in bringing all souls to Her Divine Son. Remember the good thief. It's possible. Remember the good thief? But do not forget the bad thief for it could easily happen to any of us, no matter our walk in life, no matter where we are in holiness. Remember that satan is targeting the holiest for his victory is the greater when the mighty have fallen. Beware and pray, wear the blessed Brown Scapular, and just as Our Lady has counseled at Fatima, pray the Holy Rosary.

      Final Prayers on Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Sorrowful Mother Mary

          O sorrowful Virgin, unite me at least to the humiliations and wounds of thy Son, so that both He and thee may find comfort in having someone sharing thy sufferings. Oh, how happy I would be if I could do this! For is there perhaps anything greater, sweeter, or more advantageous for a person? Why dost thou not grant me what I ask? If I have offended thee, be just and pierce my heart. If I have been faithful to thee, leave me not without a reward: give me thy sorrows. (Prayer composed by the holy Doctor of the Church St. Bonaventure)

          O afflicted Virgin, O soul great in virtues, as in sorrows, both the one and the other spring from that great fire burning in thyr heart for God, the only love of thy heart!

          Mother, have pity on me, who has not loved God, and who has so greatly offended Him. Thy sorrows, it is true, assure me of pardon, but that is not sufficient. I wish to love God. Who could obtain for me that grace if not thee, who are the Mother of holy love! O Mary, Thou consolest everyone; favor me also, with thy consolations. Amen. (Prayer composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori)

         "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of Thy mercy."

         "O Jesus, it is for Thy Love, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


          My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee and I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee. (repeat three times)

          Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in tabernacles throughout the world in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences by which He is offended, and by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

          My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament. O my Jesus, it is for love of Thee in reparation for the offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and for the conversion of poor sinners." (Prayers the Guardian Angel of Portugal taught the Fatima children on July 13, 1917)

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