Today Catholics honor Our Blessed Mother under her title of Our Lady of Sorrows. Not only Catholics, but all of humanity owe a great debt of gratitude to her. When she was called to be the Mother of Jesus Christ, true God and true man, her "yes" had eternal repercussions for the benefit of all mankind. Out of love for God, she willingly took on not only the responsibilities of her divine calling, but also all of the sacrifices and sufferings that might be involved. Then from the Cross, Jesus gave his perfect Mother to all of us to be our Mother of Grace. She loves and watches over all her children of the world, even those who are so unfortunate as to not know her and love her.
THANK YOU, BLESSED MOTHER,
FOR SAYING "YES" TO BEING THE MOTHER OF JESUS AND OUR MOTHER!
O Mary conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.
You have been so closely associated with the whole work of our redemption,
associated with the Cross of our Savior.
Your Heart was pierced by it, beside His Heart.
And now, in the glory of your Son,
you do not cease to intercede for us, poor sinners.
You watch over the Church and are the Mother of the Church.
You watch over each of your children.
You obtain for us from God all those graces symbolized
by the rays of light emanating from your open hands.
The sole condition on our part is that we come to you
with confidence, with boldness, and with the simplicity of a child.
~ Pope John Paul II ~