I have been praying to Our Lady of Sorrows the last few weeks after learning more about the devotion through two lectures (links at the bottom).
I’ll be honest. When I first saw or heard of this devotion, the image of Mary crying made me want to turn away. I don’t know why exactly. I didn’t understand it, and I rather my other images of Mary that brought me comfort. The image and idea didn’t make sense to me at the time. Only when I compared it to the crucifixion did it become clear.
Understanding the significance
When I heard Mary’s sorrows explained explained, I was moved. Aside from the Rosary, it has become my main devotion.
My children are still babies, and there isn’t much time to devote to long devotions. I have found this devotion so perfect for mothers, both in practicality and in its meaning. For I see Our Lady of Sorrows specifically in context of Mary’s vocation as a mother. I can turn most of the mundane tasks of my day into a segway to meditation of the life of Mary.
A meditation for family life and model of motherhood
I relate specifically to this devotion as a mother, as meditation of her motherhood – though it really is a devotion for all with trials (and that’s everyone). Motherhood has many pains and sufferings which help us to grow as we guide our own children. They grow into themselves and we grow out of ourselves by taking care of them. These trials we can offer up as our prayers for the day. Our Lady was in a constant state of prayer in all she did in her life and she can show us how to make daily tasks into prayers. *** Side note: I reviewed an excellent talk on feminity and the dignity of woman here…
Within Mary’s motherhood was a crucifixion mirroring that of her son. The most beautiful part to me is the fact that she was able to keep God’s joy perfectly within her heart, and still suffer so much.
She was so sensitive, being so full of grace, and felt things more deeply than any other human being. I think this is the heart of the devotion and the more I reflect on it, the more I can work to accept my own trials and move beyond them to be joyful anyway.
Hope and perseverance
Mary’s trail lasted over 30 years, most of her life, and she never wavered. She never denied God anything. She said her complete yes and gave her complete trust. Each trial on its own would be enough suffering for a lifetime. As her son gave every last drop of his blood, she gave every ounce of her soul. It gives me so much comfort that she truly understands whatever your trial right now is, and she is more than willing to extend her loving hand to help you in any way God will allow her to do so – and being His mother, when will she ever be denied? And when would she ever not be compassionate or empathetic to a ardent, pleading soul? With hope and trust, under her guidance we will preserve.
She will guide your spirit and bring peace to your family
Her heart was pierced so that the hearts of many would be revealed. Those who pray to Mary under this title will be quickly guided in all areas in their lives. She will show you your sins, comfort you, and show you how to go to overcome them. She will reveal things hidden to you, especially where your children or loved ones are concerned. She will bring peace to your family. She will give you any grace you request as long as it does not interfere with the plans of her divine son.
Here are the devotional meditations I use. I modified them for my own prayer time.
Here are the two lectures I learned the most from. Yes, another Father Chad. What can I say, he is good! So is Kimberly Hahn. She and her husband Scott have a number of excellent faith resources.