Our Lady of Sorrows
Malvern Minute


September 15, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Glen Mills, PA


Today’s Readings:

Hebrews 5:7-9

Psalm 31:

1 Timothy 3:14-16

John 19:25-27 or,

Luke 2:33-35


When someone we love suffers, we suffer along with them.  This is especially true of parents when their children suffer.  When a son or daughter is suffering physically of emotionally, the mother and father is suffering just as much as their child, and sometimes, even more so.  You give your heart in love to someone and, invariably, it will be broken.  There is no love without suffering.  The only way to avoid that kind of suffering is to lock our heart up.  The temptation can be to refuse to give our heart to anything or anyone, so that it is kept intact and never gets broken.  Unfortunately, to do this is only to be half alive. Friends, the only way to live is to love and to accept the suffering that love inevitably brings. 

Today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.  Mary, the mother of our Lord, gave her heart to her Son.  When she saw her Son’s broken body hanging on the cross her heart was broken.  We can visualize Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of the Pieta as it captures Mary’s sorrow in a very powerful way.  In the Gospel narrative of Saint Luke, we make the connection as Simeon professes that “a sword will pierce” Mary’s heart; and it did.

            When our own hearts are broken because of love we can look to Our Lady of Sorrows as our inspiration and our support.

Question of the Day:  Will you bring your pain and sorrows to Jesus and Mary in order to find peace and consolation?

Prayer: “Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary; without dying you won the martyr’s crown beneath the Cross of the Lord.  Alleluia, alleluia.”


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