Monday, September 15, 2008

Solemnity of Our Lady of Sorrows, Patroness of the Congregation of Holy Cross

There stood by the cross of Jesus his mother Mary, who knew grief and was a Lady of Sorrows. She is our special patroness, a woman who bore much she could not understand and who stood fast. To her many sons and daughters, whose devotions ought to bring them often to her side, she tells much of this daily cross and its daily hope. If we drink the cup each of us is poured and given, we servants will fare no better than our master. But if we shirk the cross, gone too will be our hope. It is in fidelity to what we once pledged that we will find the dying and rising equally assured. The footsteps of those men who called us to walk in their company left deep prints, as of men carrying heavy burdens. But they did not trudge; they strode. For they had the hope. It is the Lord Jesus calling us. "Come. Follow me."

- Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Nos. 120-123


Anonymous said...

Happy Feast Day! The Mass at the Basilica today was beautiful and well attended by your brothers in community. I'm sure you would've liked to be there, but then again, you are in beautiful Rome, after all :-)

Mary Liz said...

Happy feastday!