Jesus Meets His Mother on the Way to CalvaryWhere Exactly did Jesus meet His Mother on the Way to Calvary?
Talking with the children about the Fourth Station of the Cross
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the our of our death. Amen.
To Jesus Through Mary
In the Words of the Saints:
+ St. Alphonsus de Liguori: "Such is the will of God that we should have everything through Mary."
+ St. Jerome: “Even while living in the world, the heart of Mary was so filled with motherly tenderness and compassion for men that no-one ever suffered so much for their own pains, as Mary suffered for the pains of her children.”
+ St. Thomas Aquinas: “As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary"
+ St. Philip Neri: “Believe me, there is no more powerful means to obtain God’s grace than to employ the intercessions of the Holy Virgin.”
+ St. Maximilian Kolbe: “Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
+ Pope St. Pius X: “Let the storm rage and the sky darken - not for that shall we be dismayed. If we trust as we should in Mary, we shall recognize in her, the Virgin Most Powerful ‘who with virginal foot did crush the head of the serpent’.”
+ St. Francis de Sales: “Let us run to her, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.”
* Quotes gleaned from Catholic Quotations-- a new go-to site in my favorites.
The Fourth Station (St. Alphonsus de Liguori):
Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother
V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. (Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world. (Rise)
V: Consider how the Son met his Mother on His way to Calvary. Jesus and Mary gazed at each other and their looks became as so many arrows to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly (Kneel)
R: My most loving Jesus, / by the pain You suffered in this meeting / grant me the grace of being truly devoted to Your most holy Mother. / And You, my Queen, who was overwhelmed with sorrow, / obtain for me by Your prayers / a tender and a lasting remembrance of the passion of Your divine Son. / I love You, Jesus, my Love, above all things. / I repent of ever having offended You. / Never allow me to offend You again. / Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Is there one who would not weep,
'whelmed in miseries so deep
Christ's dear Mother to behold.
Fourth Station (St. Francis of Asissi)
Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother
V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
How sad and how painful must it have been for Mary to behold her beloved Son laden with the Cross, covered with wounds and blood, and driven through the streets by savage executioners! What unspeakable pangs her most tender heart must have experienced! How earnestly did she desire to die instead of Jesus, or at least with Him!
O Jesus, * O Mary, * I am the cause of the pains that pierced your hearts. * Would that my heart might experience some of your sufferings. * O Mother, * let me share in thy sufferings and those of they Son, * that I may obtain the grace of a happy death.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
Stational Church in Rome
Wednesday, Fifth Week in Lent, San Marcello al Corso