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September, the month dedicated to Our Mother of Sorrows
J.M.J. From “Victories of the Martyrs” By St. Alphonsus Liguori
Mary is the queen of Martyrs, for her Martyrdom was longer and greater than that of all the Martyrs. Who can ever have a heart so
hard that it will not melt on hearing the most lamentable event that once occurred in the world? There was a noble and
holy mother who had an only son. This son was the most amiable that can be imagined – innocent, virtuous,
beautiful, who loved his mother most tenderly; so much so that he had never caused her the least displeasure,
but had ever shown her all respect, obedience, and affection; hence this mother had placed her affections on earth in this son.
Hear, then, what happened. This son, through envy, was falsely accused by his enemies; and though the judge knew, and himself confessed,
that he was innocent, yet, that he might not offend his enemies, he condemned him to the ignominious death that they demanded.
This poor mother had to suffer the grief of seeing that amiable and beloved son unjustly snatched from her in the flower of his age by a barbarous death; for, by dint of torments and
drained of all his blood, he was made to die on an infamous gibbet in a public place of execution, and this before her own eyes.
Devout souls, what say you? Is not this event, and is not this unhappy mother, worthy of compassion? You already understand of whom I speak.
This son, so cruelly executed, was our loving Redeemer Jesus; and this mother was the Blessed Virgin Mary; who, for the love she bore us, was willing to see him
sacrificed to divine justice by the barbarity of men. This great torment which Mary endured for us – a torment that was more than a thousand deaths – deserves both
our compassion and our gratitude. 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 the second place, the greatest in point of intensity.————————- The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Seven Promises to
those who have devotion to the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary: – I will grant peace to their families. – They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.
– I will console them
in their pains and I will accompany them in their work – I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.
– I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.
– I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their mother.
– I have obtained (this grace) from my divine son that those who propagate this devotion to my sorrows will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.
OLRL offers the following items for devotion to Our Mother of Sorrows:
The “Seven Sorrows Devotion” prayer card (English – http://olrl.org/pray/sorrows.
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“Devotion to Our Mother of Sorrows” brochure (English – http://olrl.org/pray/msorrows.
shtml – 8 cents ea.; available in Spanish on our website – http://olrl.org/pray/msorrows_ s.shtml);
“Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother” booklet (http://olrl.org/books/
sorrowfulmother.shtml – $2.25); The “Seven Sorrow Chaplet Rosary”
– $8.50 Distributing the above card, brochure and/or booklet is an excellent way of propagating devotion to Our Mother of Sorrows
and obtaining the 7th grace granted by Our Lady through her Divine Son.
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— Sincerely in Christ, Our Lady of the Rosary Library
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