7 Lessons Learned From Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows

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5. Jesus’ crucifixion and death.

“Seeing his mother there with the disciple whom he loved, Jesus said to his mother, ‘Woman, there is your son.’ In turn he said to the disciple, ‘There is your mother.’ From that hour onward, the disciple took her into his own home…” (Jn 19:25-27).

Pope Saint John Paul II had a special devotion to the Virgin Mary, who he said was a gift which Christ Himself makes personally to every individual. I love what he said about Mary’s place at the foot of the cross:



“There, at the foot of the cross, begins that special entrusting of humanity to the mother of Christ, which in the history of the church has been practiced and expressed in different ways…Entrusting himself to Mary in a filial manner, the Christian, like the apostle John, welcomes the mother of Christ ‘into his own home’ and brings her into everything that makes up his inner life.”


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