Be unafraid of the swords that may pierce us

Dear Friends,

The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary reflect on moments in the Passion of Christ that we will recall during this season of Lent (the Agony in the Garden, the Scourging, the Crowning with Thorns, the Carrying of the Cross, the Crucifixion and Death), but through the heart of Our Lady.

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A statue of Our Lady at dusk

Much like the Israelites in the desert, or the fleeing disciples of Jesus on Good Friday, we are tempted to withdraw from struggle, from suffering, from difficulty. For us, the presence of Christ can be so clear when life is easy, and going according to plan.

However, the moment some trial or tribulation emerges, we can become overwhelmed with grief, a sense of being abandoned by God, and sometimes even running far from Him to escape. But there can be no doubt that every year, the Church offers us this season of Lent to enter into the desert, to stand at the foot of the Cross, and to walk in Jesus’ way of the cross.

The crucifix of Jesus Christ during the Passion above the altar in Little Flower Catholic Church
The crucifix at Little Flower Catholic Church

“And you yourself a sword will pierce” (Luke 2:35)

The life of Lent she proposes is a privileged moment to discover and grow in the knowledge that Christ remains just as present in the moments of struggle and suffering as He does in the moments when all is going well. Shortly after the joyful birth of her son, St. Simeon offered this prophecy to Mary: “And you yourself a sword will pierce.”

Some thirty years later, that prophecy would come true for our Lady of Sorrows as she stood at the foot of the Cross of her dying Son––yet she was there. In the midst of our Lenten journey, the Virgin stands as a witness with her life that true strength––true courage––is to follow Christ wherever He may go.

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Be unafraid of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

With the companionship and guidance of Our Lady, let us enter this Lent into the desert of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Not afraid of what swords may pierce us, but with Our Lady’s courage and certainty that what we will discover is the only thing capable of healing our hearts and binding up our woundedness: the love and mercy of her Son.

In Christ

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