It is most appropriate that this feast follows the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. We need to be reminded that no matter what sadness, trial or pain we are enduring, we are triumphant through Christ’s cross and resurrection.
But, today we remember our sorrows and give them the Mary for she is strong enough to carry them when we are not. From today’s Magnificat:
“Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us pray:
R: Have pity, Lord, have pity.
For all parents who bear and raise children in poverty and exile: R
For all parents who grieve the loss of a child before birth: R
For all parents who suffer over their children’s life choices: R
For all parents who mourn the death of a child: R
God, our Father, the Blessed Virgin Mary took part in her Son’s redemptive suffering for love of you and for the sake of the world. Through her intercession, may all your Church’s suffering bear saving fruit in Christ our Lord. Amen.
I do not know which of those sufferings listed above apply to you but some apply to me. How consoling it is knowing Mary and her Son, Jesus know of our broken hearts and are providing the grace to endure as we await the completion of God’s perfect plan.