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Thursday, September 15, 2022

 

OUR LADY OF SORROWS 

2 Corinthians, Chapter 9, Verse 3-4

3Nonetheless, I sent the brothers so that our boast about you might not prove empty in this case, so that you might be ready, as I said, 4 for FEAR that if any Macedonians come with me and find you not ready, we might be put to shame (to say nothing of you) in this conviction. 

Christ died for all. This was Paul’s message, yet he was not blind to cultural distrusts, nor should we be, we should be aware of them and work to bring the peace of Christ to all. 

At once [Jesus] spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” (Mt. 14:27) 

Let’s Play Who Hates Who![1]

Indian nationalists hate Muslims, Christians, Whites, Asians and Blacks. Really everyone who is not a Hindu. Chinese nationalists hate Whites, Blacks, Jews, Southeast Asians and the non-Han people of China. Remember Huax? Korean nationalists hate Japanese, Chinese, Whites, Jews, and Blacks. Remember Hacienda? Vietnamese nationalists hate the Chinese. Arab nationalists hate Jews and Iranians. With a passion! The worst ones hate Assyrians, Kurds and Berbers also. Lebanese Christian nationalists hate Arabs and Muslims in general and they especially hate Palestinians and Syrians. Armenian nationalists hate the Azeris and the Turks. Assyrian nationalists hate Muslims in general, Arabs and Turks. Russian nationalists pretty much hate everyone who is not a non-Nordic and non-Slavic Whites. Particular hatred is reserved for Jews, Muslims, Caucasians, Armenians and Asians. Ukrainian nationalists hate Russians, Jews and apparently Poles. Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Finnish nationalists hate Russians. Polish hate Russians and Jews. German nationalists hate Jews. Kurdish nationalists hate Turks, Arabs and Iranians. They also in general hate Shia and Yezidi Kurds. Castillian nationalists hate Basques, Asturians, Galicians and Catalans. Crimean Tatar nationalists hate Russians. English nationalists hate the Irish and Catholics in general. Argentine nationalists hate the British and Jews. Uighur nationalists hate the Chinese. Basque nationalists hate the Castillians and the French. Catalan nationalists hate the Castillians. Occitan, Breton and Corsican nationalists hate the French. Venetian nationalists hate the Italians. Valencian nationalists hate the Catalans and the Castillians. Circassian nationalists hate Russians. Rusyn nationalists hate Ukrainians. Nepali nationalists hate Indians. Hawaiian nationalists hate Whites. Indonesian nationalists hate Christians and Chinese. Filipino nationalists hate the Chinese. Malay nationalists hate Christians and the Chinese. Irish nationalists hate the English and Protestants in particular. Georgian nationalists hate the Abkhazians and the Ossetians. Hungarian, Bulgarian and Romanian nationalists hate Jews and Gypsies. Northern Italian nationalists hate Muslims and Southern Italians. Serbian nationalists hate Muslims, Hungarians, Rusyns, Muslim Bosnians, Albanians and Croats. Croatian nationalists hate Serbs the most but there is some hatred towards Bosnian Muslims. Albanian nationalists hate Serbs, Gypsies, Macedonians and Greeks. Macedonian nationalists hate Muslims, Albanians and Greeks. Pashtun nationalists hate the Hazara. Pakistani nationalists hate Indian Hindus. Greek nationalists hate Turks, Jews and Albanians. Turkish nationalists hate Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, Russians, Christians and Jews. Iranian or Persian nationalists hate the US, the British and especially Arabs. Black nationalists mostly just hate Whites. Jewish nationalists hate non-Jews in general, particularly Christians, Muslims, Arabs, Turks, Iranians, Germans, Poles, Russians and Blacks. Japanese nationalists hate Blacks, Chinese, Koreans and Southeast Asians. Honestly everyone who is not Japanese. Mongolian nationalists frankly hate everyone who is not a Mongolian. Thai nationalists hate Cambodians and Burmese. Everybody hates the Roma. Haha.

Our Lady of Sorrows 

We must follow the example of Our Lady of Sorrows and bring our savior to others and undergo the joys with the sorrows. Today would be a good day to contemplate the seven sorrows of our Lady and to pray and honor her for she is our mother too.

This feast is dedicated to the spiritual martyrdom of Mary, Mother of God, and her compassion with the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. In her suffering as co-redeemer, she reminds us of the tremendous evil of sin and shows us the way of true repentance. May the numerous tears of the Mother of God be conducive to our salvation; with which tears Thou, O God, art able to wash away the sins of the whole world.

As Mary stood at the foot of the Cross on which Jesus hung, the sword of sorrow Simeon had foretold pierced her soul. Below are the seven sorrows of Mary:

  1. The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35)
  2. The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)
  3. Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50)
  4. Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17)
  5. Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (John 19:25-30)
  6. The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37)
  7. The burial of Jesus (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47)

Pope Pius VII[2] approved another series of prayers in honor of the Seven Sorrows for daily meditation in 1815:

 

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

 

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

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

3.     I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in those anxieties which tried your troubled heart at the loss of your dear Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart so full of anguish, obtain for me the virtue of chastity and the gift of knowledge. Hail Mary…

4.     I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the consternation of your heart at meeting Jesus as He carried His Cross. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of patience and the gift of fortitude. Hail Mary…

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

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

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

Let Us Pray: 

Let intercession be made for us, we beseech You, O Lord Jesus Christ, now and at the hour of our death, before the throne of Your mercy, by the Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother, whose most holy soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the hour of Your bitter Passion. Through You, O Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns world without end. Amen. 

Daily meditate upon the Seven Sorrows. Please the Sacred Heart of the Redeemer by pondering the Sorrowful Heart of the Co-redemptrix. Receive the remarkably generous graces which come from uniting our hearts each day to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of the Mother.

St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373), Our Lady directly revealed the amazing graces granted by her Son for all those who daily and pray seven Hail Mary’s while meditating on her seven dolors and tears:

1. “I will grant peace to their families.”

2. “They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries.”

3. “I will console them in their pains, and I will accompany them in their work.”

4. “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.”

5. “I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.”

6. “I will visibly help them at the moment of their death—they will see the face of their mother.”

7. “I have obtained this grace from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven, and my Son will be their eternal consolation and joy.”[3]

Things to Do[4]

Teach your children the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Read more about this devotion. September is traditionally dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.

·       Present different art pieces of Our Lady of Sorrows, or illustration of one of her sorrows, for meditation and discussion. There are so many different pieces from all different eras, countries and mediums. Search words for art titles would be Lamentation, Deposition, Pieta, Dolorosa, Sorrows, etc. Some samples:

o   The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin by Albrecht Durer

o   Michelangelo's Pieta

o   Pieta by Giovanni Bellini

o   Vincent Van Gogh's Pieta

o   Titian's Mater Dolorosa

o   Different artists on the Presentation in the Temple

o   Various artists on the Flight into Egypt

·       Discuss why Mary is called the Queen of Martyrs.

·       Make a heart-shaped cake for dessert, decorated with the swords piercing the heart.

·       Think of ways to make reparation to Mary for the sins committed against Our Lord.

·       Pray the short prayer or ejaculation, Holy Mother, imprint deeply upon my heart the wounds of the Crucified.

·       Read or sing the Stabat Mater, perhaps incorporating it with the Stations of the Cross.

·       In Italy, the title of Our Lady of Sorrows is Maria Santissima Addolorata. This devotion began in the 1200s. She is the patron of many Italian cities. In southern Italy there is La Festa della Madonna dei Sette Dolori (the festival of the Seven Sorrows of the Madonna), instituted in 1423, also called Madonna dell’Addolorata Festival. The food connected to this festival is cuccia salata, wheat berries cooked in meat broth and layered with goat or pork.

·       I will be hiking and praying using my reflections in my book Divine Mercy Hikes.



Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART TWO: THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY

SECTION TWO-THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH

Article 7-THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

1601 "The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."

Daily Devotions

·       Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Families of St. Joseph’s Porters.

·       Religion in the Home for Preschool: September

·       Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·       Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·       Drops of Christ’s Blood

·       Universal Man Plan

·       Rosary 



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