Malvern Minute – Thursday
Malvern Minute


September 15, 2016  – Our Lady of Sorrows                                                        

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (

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John 19:25-27

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”

And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

Reflect: From her fiat to the foot of the cross, Mary accompanied Jesus in his earthly journey.  As his end was near, Jesus was conscious of the need to have someone care for his mother so he entrusted the apostle John with that role.  At the same time, Jesus was clear to John, who stands before Jesus and Mary as the representative of each of us, with these words, “Behold, your mother.”  Mary is our mother and we are her children.  As she witnessed and meditated upon the rejection, pain, ridicule and death upon the cross of her son Jesus, so she accompanies us in our own trials, pain, rejection, and crosses.  We are not alone; and we shouldn’t isolate ourselves from the prayer and intercession that Mary wants to provide for us.  As she didn’t want her son to be on the cross alone, likewise she doesn’t want us to walk the treacherous journey of this life alone.  She is a mother, our mother, and she wants us to welcome her into our lives.  St. Teresa of Calcutta had a simple prayer that we can make our own: Mary, mother of Jesus, be my mother now.

Do I open my heart and speak to Mary as if I would to my own mother?


Pray: Loving God, when Jesus was raised on the cross Mary stood by his side. May I see her as my mother who wants to accompany me through every step – painful or joyful – that I take in life; even at the hour of my death. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

At the cross her station keeping,

Stood the mournful mother weeping,

Close to Jesus to the last.

O sweet Mother! Font of love,

Touch my spirit from above,

Make my heart with yours accord.



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