LENTCAzT 2019 38 – Friday the 5th Week of Lent: Our Lady of Sorrows

These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.

Today is Friday after Passion Sunday, Friday the 5th Week of Lent.

We hear about a unique basilica in Rome and the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

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5 Responses to LENTCAzT 2019 38 – Friday the 5th Week of Lent: Our Lady of Sorrows

  1. Mariana2 says:

    Thanks, Father!

  2. Ms. M-S says:

    Simeon told Mary her heart would be pierced by a lance. As she participated in Jesus’ sufferings as only His mother could have, the lance of Longinus pierced her heart as well. Thank you, Father, for today’s wonderful offering.

  3. Bellarmino Vianney says:

    The fact/doctrine that the Blessed Mother experienced many sorrows is an important one to always keep in mind. She experienced many sorrows and did not exhibit the false joy that is often wrongly said to be a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

    Her Son was falsely accused and she had to stand by and watch Him suffer from those false accusations and lies propagated by civil and pseudo-religious persons; false accusations which resulted in large part due to certain civil/political entities that did not want to be rebuked for their evil doings, and civil/political entities that did not want to be exposed for their unbelievably evil actions that have been going on for many years.

    Not much has changed in 2000 years – if a man courageously rebukes grave sinners – particularly government/civil employees – publicly and/or privately, those grave sinners will falsely accuse that person in attempt to retaliate and cover up their own grave evils.

    The first reading from today’s Mass is once again apt, even in 2019:

    “I hear the whisperings of many:
    “Terror on every side!
    Denounce! let us denounce him!”
    All those who were my friends
    are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
    “Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
    and take our vengeance on him.”
    But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
    my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.
    In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
    to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
    O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
    who probe mind and heart,
    Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
    for to you I have entrusted my cause….”

    Our Lady of Sorrows was/is saddened by those false Catholics that abuse God’s Word, God’s House, and the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as a means to harass, intimidate, trap, and retaliate against Her and Her Son’s faithful servants, like Jeremiah thousands of years ago or those very few authentic faithful servants of today.

    But, the faithful servants should be reminded, as one of the greatest lines of God’s Book says, “the Lord is with me like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.”

    Amen, alleluia.

  4. Gab says:

    Our Blessed Mother knew. She knew what would happen to her Holy Child.
    Centuries later, our Blessed Mary told the mystic St. Bridget of Sweden that she felt great anguish over what Simeon said. “On that day [of the Presentation] my pain was increased. For though, by divine inspiration, I knew that my Son was to suffer, yet this grief pierced my heart more keenly at Simeon’s words when he said that a sword would pierce my soul [Luke 2:35], and that my Son should be set for a sign to be contradicted [Luke 2:34]”.

    As Archbishop Fulton Sheen once wrote “from that moment on, every time she would lift infant hands, she would see them fall across them the shadow of nails.”

    The Blessed Mother also revealed to St. Bridget that this grief pierced her soul for the rest of her life. As she put it “as often as I looked at my Son, as often as I wrapped Him in His swaddling-clothes, as often as I saw his hands and feet, so often was my soul absorbed, so to say in fresh grief; for I though how he would be crucified.”

    Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.

  5. WmHesch says:

    The author of the “Stabat Mater” we hear today is a pretty interesting character:

    Fra Jacopone (“Crazy Jim”) da Toti [Big Jim.. of Todi.]

    A successful, but worldly and greedy lawyer, his wife Vanna died at a tournament when the bleachers collapsed. [Let’s read your beautiful poetry.]

    His conversion came when he learned she had worn a hair-shirt and performed penance for his sake.

    Having sold all his possessions, he came a wandering ascetic and Franciscan tertiary. He earned the name “Crazy Jim” with such antics as crawling on all fours wearing a saddle in the public square, and showing up to his brother’s wedding in tar and feathers.

    The Friars Minor were reluctant to accept his petition, thinking him mad, until he wrote a beautiful poem on the vanities of the world. Accepted into the order after 10 years of penance, he became embroiled in the controversy between the Spirituals and Conventuals- which eventually led to war, and Fra Jacopone’s own excommunication.

    Boniface VIII remitted the excommunication and the friar died in the odor of sanctity as the Gloria was intoned at midnight Mass on Christmas 1306. He’s revered as a Beatus in the Seraphic Order.