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Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Fourth Station ~ Jesus Meets His Mother

THIS IS A GREAT AND MYSTERIOUS THING - the tears of Mary. Her anguish must matter because years before, when Jesus was an infant, Simeon had told her: "A sword of sorrow will pierce your soul." Surely Simeon meant more than just watch out or get ready. 

Tears can heal. We feel better after a good cry. I can wonder about the healing value of Mary's tears. What did she know? How did she share in all of this? Though the hour for Jesus to undertake the work of his suffering and death was known only to the Father, it was Mary who got Jesus started by proposing he begin at the Cana wedding (John 2: 1-11).

Mary seems to possess a painful secret and she weeps. And my own bitter tears? - over personal wounds and secrets, over the world's sad scenes, over the pain I may have caused, the personal knowledge I have that is sometimes too much to bear.


Our Father Who Art in Heaven...

Hail Mary full of grace...
Glory be to the Father...


  1. Her infinite patience, woven with Faith, Hope and Love is the constant reminder to keep putting one foot in front of the other; not to be bogged down by self pity.

  2. Mary's tears were shed for all of mankind. For the suffering they were causing and would continue to inflict on each other for the millennia to come.

  3. Mothers many times sacrifice what they want to do for the sake of what they know their children need to do. They endure hardships of fatigue, anxiety and sometimes even heartache in order to fulfill their vocation as best they can. And they do it willingly. Real love is not the ficticious love which permeates the culture we live in. That “love” leads to broken marriages and broken families, among other things. Real love is a participation in the self-sacrificial love of Jesus Christ. It’s the kind of love that Mary always had in her heart: the love which united her so deeply to Jesus that she must have wanted to die with him.